Dust mites are by far the most common trigger of allergies and asthma. Dust mites are a year-round problem and are can only be seen under a microscope. Dust mites like to live in humid areas primarily in your homes. While dust mites don’t necessarily bite humans, they survive off the flakes we naturally shed each day. These flakes can be found in furniture, carpets, bedding, stuffed animals, and many other areas.

When you breathe in dust mites, your immune system begins to protect you by producing antibodies against the harmless particles. This process causes one to experience symptoms of a dust mite allergy. These range from mild to severe but can disrupt your daily life by making you feel fatigued and uncomfortable.

These symptoms may include:

  • Dry cough
  • Congestion
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Scratchy throat
  • Runny nose
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Worsening asthma symptoms

Some may confuse dust mite allergy symptoms with those of a common cold or the flu. However, you should see an allergist if your symptoms worsen when cleaning or in bed. Although dust mites are impossible to eliminate completely, we recommend limiting your exposure to these troublesome particles. Cleaning your home weekly and using air purifiers can help relieve your symptoms. You can prevent your symptoms from persisting by using allergen-proof bedding and purchasing a HEPA filter.

Nonetheless, a dust mite allergy can be frustrating, and the best way to treat your symptoms is by seeing a professional allergist. At Allergy & ENT Associates, our allergists will discuss with your symptoms with you and will perform tests to decide what’s the best treatment for you.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to make an appointment to receive dust mite allergy treatments. If you would like more information about our treatments in Houston, Texas, or to schedule an appointment, please call our central appointment desk at (713) 697-4687. We have 16 locations throughout the Houston area, so whether you’re in Katy, Sugar Land, or Spring, you’ll find an office convenient to you!