Dust mite allergy
DO you have an itchy nose, eyes or mouth, watery eyes, sneezing and nasal discharge? Do you suffer from coughing, wheezing, tightness of the chest and difficulty in breathing, especially at night while in bed? Then you may be suffering from Dust Mite Allergy!
Up to 85% of people with asthma have an allergy to house dust mite. Do you particularly notice symptoms after disturbing old, perhaps dusty possessions? Opening up old boxes is a good source of a fresh attack. You may find your symptoms worse when in bed, where the house dust mite has a favorite abode. Do you know that when you roll over in bed, you may disturb fine particles from the dust mite and their droppings, which are then breathed in, triggering symptoms of your allergy?
Are you aware that Eczema has also been shown to be triggered by the House Dust Mite in which case your symptoms may include inflammation of the skin, usually with redness, swelling, oozing, crusting or scaling of the lesions which are usually itchy. The skin may form small vesicles or bubbles. If you develop an Urticarial reaction to the House Dust Mite then your symptoms will include itchiness followed by wheals (hives) rather like insect bites from which they must be differentiated. Acute Urticaria (short lasting) usually occurs in crops of hives which may come and go with time.
This practical information is made available by the Allergy Centre. An Allergist can tell you if you have Dust Mite Allergy, what it is, why you have it, how you can be tested for it, what you can do about it, the best treatment, whether you should be desensitised, the best medication to use, the best place to seek treatment and whether you can get a cure for Dust Mite Allergy.
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Courtesy of The Allergy Centre 03 9874 4144
This page was last reviewed on 18th Aug 2004