Dust allergy

Dust allergy

In general, dust is a name for solid micro-particles present in the air. It contains soil dust, plant pollen, human and animal hairs, even textile and paper fibers. Dust, lifted by wind and human activity, surrounds us all around. With the weakening efficiency of immune system, many of us suffer from dust allergies.

Dust mites

Dust mites are microscopic animals which exist on all indoor surfaces, but mainly on bedding, furniture and carpeting. Dust mites consume organic particles and excrete feces, which together with house dust, may influence human health and irritate allergies.

Typical symptoms of dust allergies

Typical symptoms of dust allergies are similar to cold symptoms, like sneezing, runny nose, blocked nose or coughing, but may include also itchy eyes, nose or throat and dark circles under the eyes. One of the most difficult symptoms of dust allergy is a respiratory illness, called asthma.

Control of dust allergies

It is very hard to deal with dust allergies, since dust surrounds us everywhere. But there are some ways to help you keep your home dust-resistant:

  • clean and dust your household regularly
  • purchase a humidifier and air purifier
  • airflow your indoor – let doors and windows open so the outside air may circulate indoor
  • replace carpeting by vinyl tile or wooden floor
  • replace fabric furniture by leather or wood

if you own a pet:

  • separate pet zone from the pet-free zone
  • give your pet a bath as often as possible
  • keep pets off the sofas, armchairs and bedrooms

Preventive measures of allergy to dust

Imagine that centuries ago people were washing their hands when they found water. Have you ever counted the times that you wash your hands every day? And what about hand sanitizers? How many bottles a month do you buy? The hygiene hypothesis says that people by over-sanitizing themselves, lower the activity of their immune system and, in consequence, they have more chances to have allergies. Bacteria and parasites are important modulators of immune system development so don’t wash your hands every five minutes! A little dirt never hurts. It can even do a little good. It doesn’t mean that you should not be hygienic. There is a difference between being hygienic and being sterile!

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