When suffering with allergies dust mites should be a familiar word and sneezing is often times associated with allergies and being exposed to dust. Did you know that dust mites can give you a stuffy or runny nose and can irritate your eyes causing them to become red, itch and become watery?. First let's discuss commom allergy symptoms, secondly how dust mites affect them and finally how to treat your allergies.
1. What Are the Common Symptoms of Allergies:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Red, itchy or teary eyes
- Wheezing coughing, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath
- Itching on your skin
2. What Triggers Your Allergies:
- Dust mites
- Pet hair, fur or feathers
3. How Can I Maintain Control Over My Allergies:
- Bare floor are the mostly likely for allergies but if that’s not possible keep carpet shampooed on a regular basis
- Make sure your humidity is on the minimal level, dust mites can‘t live in low humidity
- Put clean filters in your furnace and air conditioner every year
- Keep your pets and animals out of your bedroom and if all possible out of your house
- If you suspect that you have allergies, go to an Allergist so that the proper questions will be asked pertaining to your home environment, family history and your symptoms when you are around your pets.
- Your Allergist should perform a skin test to see what you are allergic to.
- After your testing is done your doctor should prescribe you some medication or give you an allergy shot. Then he or she should talk about some lifestyle changes as well to keep your allergies under control.
How Can I Get Rid Of the Dust Without Getting Sick:
- If you can opt out for wood floors rather than wall to wall carpet
- When vacuuming use a HEPA filter
- When dusting wear a mask that is a N95 filter this is also good if you are sweeping
- Get dust mite proof pillow cases and mattress covers.
- Keep a HEPA air cleaner going in the bedrooms
- Make sure that your filter for the furnace and air conditioner is a MERV with a rating of 11 or 12.
- Get a hygrometer to measure the humidity in your house and make sure that it stays below 55 percents this will kill the dust mites.
Is There Anything I Can Get Over-the-Counter For My Allergies:
- Decongestants work well for a stuffy and runny nose
- Antihistamines work well for most allergies because it stops the release of a certain chemical that cause an allergic reaction.
- Corticosteroid sprays work good for treating swollen nostrils
Now, that we have discussed allergies and the role that dust mites play, hopefully we can make informed decisions to make dealing with allergies a lot less painful, with a " bark that is less than it's bite".