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What is Dust mites allergy?

15:37 - 3 November , 2023


It is a mild or intense allergic reaction to microscopic arthropods that feed on dead skin cells, which live and develop in household dust (pillows, beds, clothes, carpets, and furniture, among other places).

An allergy to dust mites occurs when the immune system reacts to this foreign substance, which it considers harmful, causing an inflammatory response in the nostrils.

There are a series of factors that can favor the development of dust mites allergy, including:

  • Regular or extended exposure to environments favorable for developing these microorganisms.
  • Family members sensitive to dust mites and other types of allergies.
  • Being a child or teenager.

Signs and symptoms Dust mites allergy

  • Stuffy nose.
  • Pain in the face.
  • Facial oppression.
  • Itching in the nose, throat, or palate.
  • Sneezing.
  • Nasal discharge.
  • Eye swelling.
  • Eye irritation and redness.
  • Blue undereye circles.
  • Asthma flare.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Constant sneezing.
  • Sinus infections.
  • Chest pressure.
  • Wheezes.
  • Cough.

Diagnosis and treatment Dust mites allergy

Once the doctor analyzes your symptoms and clinical history, they will ask you about home hygiene and perform a physical examination of the nostrils. Additionally, they will order blood tests and skin tests for allergies to help confirm the diagnosis.

The treatment to be followed is based on reducing the exposure to dust mites at home to help reduce the symptoms, which can improve through:

  • Antihistamines.
  • Corticosteroids.
  • Decongestants
  • Immunotherapy.
  • Nasal irrigation.

At ABC Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Department, we offer health care services with the highest quality and safety, from the prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and monitoring of infectious, respiratory, endocrinological, dermatological, rheumatic, nephrological, gastrointestinal, and hematological pathologies of both chronic-degenerative diseases and acute conditions, through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary model.


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