For most people with dust allergies, the reaction is manifested in protein, which is part of the waste products of household mites. Approximately 20 million Americans suffer from allergies to these microscopic insects. They are the main cause of chronic symptoms of allergic rhinitis and asthma, especially in children.
In some people, an allergic reaction manifests itself to particles of cockroaches, which are contained in the dust. This reaction is caused by protein, which is contained in the waste products of cockroaches, saliva and parts of the body of the insect. This problem is characteristic of many old houses, especially in the southern part of the United States.
If you are allergic to mites and cockroaches, after inhaling dust that contains allergenic particles, allergic symptoms such as wheezing or sneezing may appear. People suffering from pet allergies will have symptoms if dust contains dead animal cells, and those who suffer from mold allergies – if there is mold spores in the dust.
Symptoms of dust allergies
Symptoms of dust allergy are similar to pollen allergy symptoms, including:
- Redness and eye irritation.
- Runny nose or stuffy nose.
Some people may also develop asthma symptoms, including:
Living with dust allergy raises a lot of questions, it doesn’t matter if you or your family members suffer from allergies. For example, can allergies cause chronic symptoms in your child’s cold? Here are some answers to questions and information about allergy to dust from symptoms before treatment.
Where does the dust come from
Each house has several dusty corners. Even the cleanest mansion will not stand the test for a white glove. Dust particles quickly and without problems settle under the bed or high on the chandelier. Vigorous cleaning and heating systems raise dust particles into the air, making up problems for people with dust allergies. Even a few minutes in a dusty environment can cause symptoms such as wheezing and sneezing in a person prone to allergies.
Dust consists of different particles. Its composition depends on the type of furniture in the house, the availability of pets, the location of the house and other factors.
A single speck of dust may consist of dead human or animal skin cells, tissue particles and fluff, food debris, particles of dead cockroaches, and even living organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, mold spores, and small living creatures called household mites. The amount of dust, which by weight corresponds to a paper clip, contains approximately 19,000 household mites.
Household mites are spider-like creatures that live in a warm, moist environment. They can not be seen with the naked eye, but they can cause many problems if you are allergic to them. Household mites live in an environment whose temperature exceeds 20 ° C, and the air humidity is 75% -80%. They do not tolerate cool and less humid premises, and have not been seen in Antarctica and countries with a dry climate. In the US, the peak of household mite allergy falls in July-August, when their population increases, due to an increase in temperature.
Household mites feed on dead skin cells of humans and animals. Since a person imperceptibly loses dead skin cells every day, ticks do not suffer from hunger.
The average adult loses up to 1.5 grams of skin cells every day, enough for a million household ticks. The cells settle on carpets, beds and furniture, thereby attracting these insects. Most ticks are found in mattresses, bedding and furniture cladding.