Dust Mites

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Dust mites may be small but they can wreak havoc to someone whos allergic. Dust mites are the most common cause of allergy from house dust and they are the topic of todays 60 Second Housecall with Dr. Edward Hill.

Dr. Hill:

Dust mites are tiny bugs that live off of pet and human skin cells. Their waste is a major trigger of allergies and asthma.

Symptoms of dust mite allergy include sneezing; runny nose; and stuffy, itchy nose. If you have asthma, dust mites can cause you to wheeze more and need more asthma medicine.

Dust mites live in warm, humid areas filled with dust, such as bed pillows, mattresses, carpets and soft furniture. Keeping these as clean as possible can relieve your symptoms.

Over-the-counter medicines may help control symptoms. Antihistamines reduce sneezing, runny nose and itchiness. Decongestants can relieve stuffy nose. They can raise your blood pressure, however, so talk to your doctor before using them.

If you are having a hard time controlling your symptoms, your doctor may suggest a prescription medicine or allergy shots.

If dust mites are making your asthma symptoms worse, or if youre taking more of your asthma medicine than usual, be sure to talk to your doctor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.