Dust allergy

Dust allergies are common, but often misunderstood. In fact, dust allergies are our immune system’s reaction to the protein of mites, the invisible insects in dust.

What is a mite?

These insects are mostly found in homes where fabric is found, such as in carpets, stuffed animals, but they are everywhere where there is dust. Mites feed mainly on dead skin particles and are in the air, especially when dust is airborne. Now you know why you sneeze when you are doing housework!

What are the usual symptoms?

The possible reactions are vast, but among the most common are runny nose, sneezing, tearing, coughing and swelling. It is also possible to develop hives or asthma in more serious cases, but this is rare. A dust mite allergy can intensify if the ventilation system of your home is dusty, so watch out for old buildings!

Are there any treatments possible?

So you are allergic to dust. Will this make you want to keep your home spotless? It is an excellent excuse to make housework your first priority! In any case, antihistamines in the form of pills, eye drops or nasal spray can also come in handy. Ask your pharmacist about your options!  

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