Most allergies are caused by mold and dust that settles inside. During the colder months of the year, this problem is more prevalent because the windows remain closed and there is no much ventilation in the home. Dust is typically made up of insect carcasses, dirt, pet dander, human skin and dust mites. Approximately 20 million people in the U.S. are allergic to dust mites. If you are one of these people, then you know how miserable it is when you are cooped up indoors month after month.
Facts about Dust Mites
The dust mite is a microscopic bug that feeds on the dead skin shed by humans and animals. They are most often found in beds, but may also be living in clothing, furniture and carpet. While they are harmless to most people, they often result in allergy symptoms. Taking steps to eliminate the presence of dust mites is the best course of action.
Helping to Prevent Dust Mites
The good news is, there are a few things you can do that will help to alleviate your allergy symptoms. These things include:
- Dust and vacuum each day
- Wash your sheets at least once weekly (or more)
- Wash any stuffed animals regularly
- Wash the curtains once a month
- Purchase dust mite-proof covers for your box spring, mattress and pillow
Unfortunately, dust can build up quickly, especially if you live in an older home, have children or pets. To try and stay ahead of the dust bunnies, you may have to spend quite a bit of money on cleaning supplies and a large amount of time cleaning. If that isn’t enough (which is usually the case) you may also take prescription or store-bought antihistamines and decongestants. Also, your allergies typically don’t end when the cold weather is offer – neither do dust issues.
Consult with an Allergy Specialist
In these situations, it is best to consult with an allergy specialists. They can set you up with an appointment to have your allergy issues evaluated and a customized treatment plan created. The doctor you choose will determine what treatment option is best for your particular situation, and may even recommend a balloon sinus dilation. This is a quick, on-site procedure that is done with local anesthesia. It helps to promote natural healing and drainage and lets you breathe easy, regardless of the season.
If you need more information about allergy symptoms and professional treatment, contact Dr. Light E.N.T. His team of professionals can help provide you with relief from your allergy symptoms.