Dust Mite Allergy
If you notice sneezing, coughing, difficulty breathing, stuffiness, and itchy, watery eyes when in contact with dust, you may have a dust mite allergy.
What is a Dust Mite Allergy?
Dust is made up primarily of dead skin cells and harbors a whole ecosystem of microscopic organisms. Dust mites are part of that ecosystem and feed on your dead skin cells. They are the allergen responsible for your symptoms.
Dust Mite Allergy Prevention
The best way to prevent dust mite allergy is to get rid of the dust that they live in and feed on. Frequent house cleaning will get rid of the dust and should help your allergies. Avoiding thick synthetic fibers like carpeting that can harbor dust mites is also a good idea. If a carpet is installed, vacuum it weekly to get rid of the dust trapped within. A damp cloth can be used to clean the dust off of tables and other surfaces.