A house dust mite allergy is not something to be accepted with a simple shrug of the shoulders. About 20 million Americans suffer from an allergy and the number of allergy sufferers continues to increase, so it is not surprising that allergies are now being called a widespread disease. If you aren’t affected by one yourself, you’re sure to know someone from your circle of friends or in your family who suffers from an allergy or an incompatibility. We keep hearing the same thing from patients: “Nearly everyone suffers from some kind of allergy these days!” The topic is therefore ever-present in the public realm. What is all the more astonishing is that so many people are often unaware that they themselves are allergy sufferers, as they don’t recognize their symptoms as such.
You know the feeling? “I can’t seem to shake off my cold!”
In the fall, when people turn their home heating on (during the heating period), complaints of dust mite allergies reach their peak. At the same time, corresponding to the season, many people fall victim to what seem to be the symptoms of a cold. In this sense, many people don’t realize that their ‘cold’ might actually be an allergy. A dust mite allergy is triggered off by components in dust mite droppings that contain protein. The typical symptoms of a dust mite allergy are comparable with those of a cold. Despite this, it is possible to differentiate between each illness. With a house dust mite allergy, the typical symptoms of a cold are often joined by allergic reactions on the skin, such as rashes and severe itches, which you wouldn’t get with a cold. House dust mite allergy sufferers do not suffer on a seasonal basis (like those allergic to pollen), they suffer all year round. The severity of the symptoms changes during the course of the day, however, and the symptoms may disappear suddenly. The symptoms of dust mite allergy suffers are usually worst at night and after they get up in the morning, while with a cold the symptoms continue through the day.
Test yourself to see whether you suffer from a dust mite allergy
You can be suspected of suffering from a dust mite allergy if you have noticed one or several of these symptoms, especially at night or in the morning, over a long period of time:
- a blocked nose
- a burning nose
- sneezing fits, e.g. when making your bed
- itchy and red eyes
- breathing difficulties
- the urge to cough and coughing fits
- feeling tired and groggy in the morning, even after a good night’s sleep.
If you ascertain that you are suffering from at least three of these symptoms, you should see a doctor and have an allergy test.
As dust mites tend to make their home in your bed there will be a considerable amount of dust mite droppings in your bedding. Do you feel tired and groggy in the morning, do you lack the ability to concentrate, and do you lack energy during the day? This is because when you are asleep you have the most sustained and intense contact with the substances that trigger the allergy, which firstly means that your immune system is going at full pelt, as it were, to defend itself from the ‘attackers’, and secondly, that you may find yourself having difficulties breathing properly. The symptoms you suffer and the lack of sleep not only limit your quality of life, they also lead to health problems with far-reaching consequences.
Get tested for a dust mite allergy
If you suspect you are a sufferer it is therefore in your own interest to see your doctor and get tested for a dust mite allergy! If treated on time it is possible to gain easy, effective control of a dust mite allergy with simple measures – such as encasings (encasing/bedding for allergy sufferers). Make sure you explicitly mention these encasings to your doctor.