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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Dust Mites, Oh My!

Are you allergic to dust mites?

I am.  Ewwwww.

Photo courtesy of: www.fda.gov


No, seriously.  While living in Connecticut a few years ago, in an old apartment, I had a strange instant onset of swollen eyelids (so much that I couldn't see through them) and lips the size of a kissing fish I went to the allergist to find the culprit was dust mites.

Heres' some helpful info from Children's Claritin about this common allergy:

Attacking Allergens: Spotlight on Dust Mites
Excerpt from Airborne Allergens: Something in the Air by NIAID Health Info 
 Just like personalities and preferences, sensitivity to allergens tend to differ from child to child. Since the moms in our group have kids that may react to different types of allergens, we're continuing with our series on some of the most common culprits. Since the cold weather has many of us holed up indoors, let's focus on a pest that we all loathe- dust mites.

Dust Mite Allergy
 
Dust mite allergy is an allergy to a microscopic organism that lives in the dust found in all dwellings and workplaces. House dust, as well as some house furnishings, contains microscopic mites. Dust mites are perhaps the most common cause of perennial allergic rhinitis. House dust mite allergy usually produces symptoms similar to pollen allergy and also can produce symptoms of asthma.  The particles seen floating in a shaft of sunlight include dead dust mites and their waste products. These waste products, which are proteins, actually provoke the allergic reaction.

What is House Dust?
 
Rather than a single substance, so-called house dust is a varied mixture of potentially allergenic materials. It may contain fibers from different types of fabrics and materials such as
  • Cotton lint, feathers, and other stuffing materials
  • Dander from cats, dogs, and other animals
  • Bacteria
  • Mold and fungus spores (especially in damp areas)
  • Food particles
  • Bits of plants and insects
  • Other allergens peculiar to an individual house or building
So now that you know more about this common allergy, check out Children's Claritin if you want a possible solution to your child's allergy symptoms.

Learn more: http://www.claritin.com/claritin/en/kids/index.jspa 

 


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  5. Dust mites plagued my neighbors building and her son had allergic rhinitis which lasted for a year. She took her son to an allergologist and found out that it was dust mite allergy. I talked to the admin of the neighboring building and discussed a few things about central vacuum. It is a built in system in the building that will capture all intended substances including dirt, dust, germs and mites, which has the ability to “self flush” directly into the buildings property sewer. It can be a way to eliminate the risk of allergies and any respiratory diseases. Dust mite allergy could lead to respiratory collapse if left untreated. Seek sound advice from the expert regarding this matter.
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