A dust allergy occurs when the immune system produces chemicals that cause an allergic reaction after being exposed to dust.
Dust can also contain pet dander, pieces of dead cockroaches, dust mites and mold spores. Dust can accumulate on pillows, mattresses, carpeting and furniture. High levels of exposure to dust mites can become a factor in the development of childhood asthma.
The following are common symptoms associated with a dust or dust mite allergy.
An allergist or immunologist can diagnose a dust allergy by performing an allergy skin testand provide the best form of treatment. Treatment includes limiting your exposure to dust. The following are ways to limit exposure for a dust allergy.
For more severe cases or long-term treatment of dust allergies, immunotherapy shots may be suggested. Allergy shots help the body build a natural immunity to an allergen.