Dust Mite Allergy
What Are Dust Mites?
House dust mites are microscopic, insect-like creatures related to the tick and spider family. They feed primarily on scales from human skin and are often found in bedding, upholstered furniture and carpeting.
What Causes Dust Mite Allergy?
Mite allergy is a reaction to the decomposing animal parts and mite droppings found in house dust.
How Is Dust Mite Allergy Treated?
The first treatment for controlling dust mite allergy is avoiding dust mites as much as possible. When you minimize your exposure to dust mites, you should expect to have reduced allergic reactions. However, it's impossible to completely eliminate dust mites from your environment.
If your signs and symptoms are severe – such as severe nasal congestion, difficulty sleeping or wheezing – call your doctor. Medications or other treatments may be necessary. Seek emergency care if wheezing or shortness of breath rapidly worsens or if you are short of breath with minimal activity.