Dust Mites Specialist

North Texas Allergy and Asthma Associates

Allergists located in Dallas, TX & Plano, TX

Dust mites are the top cause of dust allergies. They’re responsible for year-round hay fever and they often trigger asthma attacks. The board certified physicians at North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates can provide treatment to relieve symptoms and eliminate or reduce your allergic reaction to dust mites. Call or schedule an appointment online to visit the doctors at any of their three locations in North Texas: Texas Health Dallas, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, and Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.

Dust Mites Q & A

What are dust mites?

Dust consists of very fine particles of many different substances from the environment. While some of the particles are harmless, such as dirt, human skin cells, and paper fibers, others cause allergies. Pollen, pet dander and mold spores are some of the potential allergens in dust, but the biggest offenders are dust mites.

Dust mites are related to spiders, but they don’t bite or sting people, and they’re very small. You can only see them if you look at dust through a microscope. They accumulate in dust because their primary food is dander — dead skin — from people and pets. In spite of being so tiny, the bodies and excrement of dust mites trigger an allergic response when you breathe in dust.

What are the symptoms of a dust mite allergy?

If you’re allergic to dust mites, it’s because your immune system mistakenly labeled them as harmful and produced antibodies to the mites. Then every time you breathe in dust, the immune system senses the mites and immediately responds, releasing histamine and other chemicals to neutralize what it perceives as a danger. The released substances trigger the following allergy symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose or stuffy nose
  • Itchy nose, mouth, or throat
  • Itchy, red, or watery eyes
  • Cough
  • Postnasal drip
  • Facial pressure or pain

Dust mites are the most common cause of dust allergies, including year-round allergic rhinitis (hay fever). An asthma attack can be triggered by dust mites, causing difficulty breathing and wheezing.

How are dust mite allergies treated?

When you have symptoms that indicate a dust mite allergy, it’s important to schedule an appointment at North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates, because the doctors will identify the cause of your symptoms. You may react to dust mites, some other allergen in dust, or multiple allergens, but targeting the precise allergen is the only way to be sure you get the best treatment.

Your doctor will talk with you about three possible treatments: avoiding dust mites, medications that will temporarily relieve your symptoms, and getting immunotherapy for more permanent allergy relief. Immunotherapy may include allergy shots or a drop of medication placed under your tongue, called sublingual drops. Both types of therapy introduce the allergen into your bloodstream so that the immune system becomes desensitized and stops causing an allergic reaction.

The experts at North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates will give you detailed information for avoiding dust. Some of the top tips include mattress and pillow covers, removing carpets, and washing bedding weekly in hot water.

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