• Liyan Lu

Dust Mite allergy

Updated: Sep 23

People usually misunderstand dust mite allergens like dust mite bites. Dust mites don't bite; their feces carry a particular protein as an allergen resulting in an immune response in the human body. The immune system considers them harmful intruders like viruses or bacteria and releases antibodies to neutralize the threat.

Dust mite allergy can cause skin irritation and itchiness similar to those of regular 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 gives your a higher risk of asthma, eczema, and atopic dermatitis.

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

The dry skin you shed and the dander your dog sheds, dust, and humidity propagate dust mites breeding. It would help if you kept your place clean, dry, and relatively cool to avoid dust mite allergies because dust mites thrive in humid and moist conditions. It would help wash the bed and pillow covers, blankets, and drapes with hot water at least once a month.

Above information abstracted from Rutuja Jathar at www.buzzle.com/articles/dust-mite-bites.html

Two simple ways to 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 have an immediate effect.

Vitamin B2 supports a broad 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/day 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. Take 500 mg calcium citrate three times a day and vitamin C 500 mg 1 or 2 times a day with a meal for acute hives.

Zinc is required to store histamine. If zinc deficient, the body will release more histamine into the surrounding tissue fluids. Excess histamine can cause many common allergy symptoms such as running nose, sneezing, hives, and skin rashes. Taking 10 mg of zinc a day can help with 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 help normalize immune response, prevent allergies, eliminate harmful viruses, yeast and bacteria digestive tract; reduces inflammation and 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 overall well-being. At our clinic, many patients with allergies have acupuncture to help relieve their symptoms.

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