Health

What Causes Allergic Reactions?

Allergy dust mites are allergic reactions caused by small insects that live in the dust of the house. Signs of this allergic reaction is sneezing and runny nose. Many people with dust mite allergy also experience signs of asthma, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing. Dust mites are small to look at and are family members of lice and spiders. Dust mite bites the skin cells released by humans as its food and thrives in warm and humid places. In most homes, beds, upholstered furniture and carpets are ideal for the development of dust mites.

Dust Mite Bites Potentially Cause Allergies

Allergy symptoms of dust mites are mild and some are severe. Mild dust allergy can cause colds, watery eyes and sneezing. In severe cases, the condition may be sustainable (chronic) causing continuous sneezing, coughing, nasal congestion, facial pressure or severe asthma attacks. Allergic symptoms of dust mites are caused by dust mite bites and inflammation of the nasal passages causing:

  • Sneezing
  • A snot
  • The eyes are itchy, red and watery
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itching on the nose, palate, and throat
  • Postnasal drip
  • A cough
  • Pressure and facial pain
  • The skin under the eyes is blue and swollen
  • Usually, the child often rubs up the nose

If dust allergies contribute to asthma, you might react like:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain and chest tightness
  • Difficulty sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
  • The presence of a whistling or wheezing sound when breathing
  • Coughing or wheezing attacks are exacerbated by respiratory viruses such as colds or flu

Some signs and symptoms of allergies due to dust mite bites such as a runny nose or sneezing appear as symptoms similar to flu. Sometimes it is hard to tell if you have allergies or flu. If symptoms persist for more than one week, you may have allergies. Immediately contact your doctor if you experience severe symptoms such as insomnia, wheezing or a severe congestion.