Dust allergy is a very commonly seen allergy . It is s very difficult to avoid dust from the surroundings. The common house hold dust includes dead skin, dead hair, animal’s fur, animal’s skin scales, residues of dead insects, cockroach wastes, fabric fibers, pollen etc.
The dust particle present in the house contains lot of dust mites which are microscopic organisms. They are mostly seen in carpets, upholstery, mattresses, blankets, pillows, curtains, furniture and in other fabrics with in the house hold. Dust mites used to feed on the dead skin tissues, animal scales and furs, dead insects etc and they produce waste products which in turn is found to be allergic. The waste products will remain in the atmosphere even after the death of the mite that produced it and causes dust allergy. These dust mites are more seen in warm and humid places and they will multiply rapidly, with in three weeks time.
Symptoms of Dust Allergy
People who have a hypersensitive immune system may develop dust allergy on exposure to dust and dust mite waste. When these people inhale these dust particles then they may develop running nose, watery eyes, itching, sneezing etc. In severe cases the affected person may have asthma which in turn produce coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing,
chest tightness, increased breathing rate, inflamed respiratory tract etc.
Dust Control Measures
The best control measure for dust allergy is avoiding the dust and dust mites. In order to achieve this you need to avoid bulky bed covers, bed spreads etc. Cover your bed and pillows with rubberized or plastic casings. Also wash all the bed sheets, bed spreads, pillow covers etc once in a week in hot water. This may help you to kill the dust mites and removes their wastes. Avoid pets inside your home. Wear a mask while cleaning your home . Also try to avoid the carpets and choose lather, plastic or wooden covered chairs and sofas . Instead of curtains use window shades. You can also prefer an air conditioner to avoid high humidity and warmness.