• Liyan Lu

Dust Mite allergy

Dust mite allergens are commonly mistaken as dust mite bites. In fact dust mites don't bite, just their feces carry a particular protein as an allergen resulting in immune response in human body. The immune system considers them to be harmful intruders like viruses or bacteria and releases antibodies in an attempt to neutralize the threat.

Dust mite allergy can cause skin irritation and itchiness that are similar to those of normal mosquito or insect bites. It also could result in wheezing, frequent sneezing, runny nose, itching in the nose and throat, cough, watery and swollen eyes, redness of eyes, etc. Prolonged exposure to dust mites give your higher risk of asthma, eczema and atopic dermatitis.

Human dead skin and dander are good foods for dust mite. A mattress housing dust mites can consist of more than 2 million of the little creatures, which could be the reason of itchiness that you've started experiencing at home. Dust mites are typically found in bed sheets, mattresses, pillows, carpets, soft toys, upholsteries and drapes.

The dry skin that you shed and the dander that your dog sheds, dust and humidity propagate dust mites breeding. To avoid dust mite allergies, you need to keep your place clean, dry, and relatively cool, because dust mites grow vigorously in humid and moist conditions. Also, your need to wash the bed and pillow covers, blankets and drapes at least once a month with hot water.

Above information abstracted from: Rutuja Jathar at

There are two simple ways that help get rid of dust mites: 1) To kill dust mites, put your sheets and blankets in a hot dryer for 20-30 minutes, 2-3 times a week. 2) To clean away dust mites, use a damped towel to wipe your bed cover once a day. These methods stop mite allergies and has an immediate effect.

Vitamin B2 supports a wide-spectrum of health benefits, best known for its crucial roles in thyroid function and energy metabolism. It's also essential for healthy vision, tissue repair and the protection of the skin and mucosal. Taking vitamin B2 100mg daily can improve allergic symptoms in about a week.

Calcium & Vitamin C: Usually people take Calcium to strengthen the bones and take Vitamin C to boost their immune system. Both of them help control hives and reduce recurrence because of their anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties. For hives, take 500 mg calcium citrate 3 times a day and vitamin C 500 mg 1 or 2 times a day with a meal.

Zinc is required to store histamine. If zinc deficient, more histamine will be released into the surrounding tissue fluids. Excess histamine can cause many common allergic symptoms such as running nose, sneezing, hives and skin rashes etc. Taking 10 mg of zinc daily can help allergic symptoms and skin issues.

Papaya & Pineapple enzymes: Help completely digest protein and fiber, clean allergic antigens in the gut, reduce leaky gut syndrome and relieve inflammation.

Probiotics: Friendly bacteria helps regular immune response, prevents allergies; helps eliminate harmful viruses, yeast and bacteria; reduces inflammation and increases resistance to infection.

Chinese herbs Yu Bing Feng Wan helps allergies and hives.

Acupuncture & Ping’s meridian therapy: helps relieve allergy symptoms, prevent allergy recurrence, reduce stress, helps with sleep and improves over all well-being. At our clinic, many patients with allergies have acupuncture to help relieve their symptoms.

For more information please call Dr Lu @ 661 513 9265, ping’s Acupuncture/ Bamboo Acupuncture.

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