Home Remedies for Dust Allergy

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A dust allergy can make you feel like a prisoner in your own home, as a mixture of many different substances can cause symptoms to erupt. Allergies associated with things in your household can make you feel miserable. Luckily, home remedies for a dust allergy can help you ease symptoms and prevent future attacks.

Causes and Symptoms

House dust causes a person with sensitivity to the allergen to show symptoms. A combination of various substances plays a role in triggering symptoms. Not every home is affected by the same kind of dust allergens, but typical culprits include dust mites, cockroaches, fungi (such as mold), and animals. Allergens collect in the dust and can cause a response in the immune system that leads to the production of a special antibody (called Immunoglobulin E or IgE) [1]. IgE causes an allergic inflammatory response, and it only takes a small amount of the dust allergen to trigger symptoms.

For example, dust mites feed on the skin cells that humans shed. They don’t need to drink water to survive, but absorb water from humidity in their surroundings. The mites are able to thrive in temperatures around 70 degrees F and in humidity levels around 70%. The feces and decaying bodies of dust mites also contribute to dust problems in the home. Allergy symptoms occur when the immune system reacts to a foreign substance that you inhale.

Symptoms of a dust allergy include:

• Redness or watery eyes
• Itching and swelling to exposed skin
• Swelling under the eyes
• Constant sneezing
• Wheezing
• Difficulty breathing
• Sinus problems
• Runny nose
• Coughing
• Hay fever (in severe cases)

Dust Allergy Home Remedies

When you come in contact with dust and have an allergy, the symptoms can become a real downer – making it hard to enjoy the comforts of your own home. Other health issues may follow, including respiratory problems. To treat your symptoms, consider the many different home remedies for a dust allergy, such as the following:

a) Dehumidifier:

A dehumidifier can rid your room of dust mites because they require an environment with high humidity to thrive. They pick a ‘hot spot’ and burrow into the fabric. A dehumidifier will bring the humidity level around 40 to 45 percent or below.

b) Plastic:

A soft mattress is a nice place for dust mites to live, where they feed off of dead skin cells. Placing a plastic covering over your mattress can stop their migration to your sheets and blankets.

c) Steam Cleaner:

Use a steam cleaner on your mattress to kill the dust mites that currently reside in your fabrics.

d) Hide Your Knick Knacks [2]:

While the books, dried flowers and other keepsakes look nice on your shelves – your decorative knick knacks can become a hideaway for dust mites. Store your knick knacks in a closet or drawer to cut down on the amount of dust in your home.

e) Freezer:

The soft material of stuffed animals is a popular target for dust mites. Carefully dust off the toys by hitting them briskly outside to remove dust, dirt and grime. Place the toys in a plastic bag and place in the freezer. Dust mites cannot live in the cold and will die when exposed to the freezing temperatures for at least four hours.

f) Weekly Washings:

To remove dust mites from your sheets, pillowcases and blankets – wash all of your bedding on a weekly basis in hot water of at least 130 degrees. This temperature is too hot for the mites to survive. This practice will help keep dust mite populations under better control.

g) Oil:

To more efficiently remove dust from object – use a damp or oiled mop or rag to prevent dust from becoming airborne and resettling somewhere else [3].

h) Book Storage:

Dust mites like to make a home in old books so storing your reading material away from the places you sleep can decrease your exposure to gathered dust and dust mites. An enclosed cabinet or shelving is a good place to keep your bestsellers.

i) Bedspreads:

When you use a bedspread on your bed during the day, dust collects on the bedspread and not on you. Remove the spread at night to enjoy a dust-free slumber.

j) Polish Your Floors:

Hardwood or linoleum floors are best for keeping the mite population in your home at a minimum. Mites cannot survive on a dry, polished floor.

k) Face Mask:

When cleaning, avoid inhaling dust by wearing a small mask that covers the nose and mouth. This will cut the amount of allergens that reach your lungs.

l) Garlic:

The healing power of garlic can help a person with allergies by fighting some of their symptoms and removing some of the allergen from the body. To benefit, add to your meals when cooking or take a supplement.

m) Vacuum:

A daily vacuum of the house will help keep the dust mite population down because you are able to remove surface dust from carpeting and upholstered furniture. The best filter for a person with a dust allergy is a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air), which helps in decreasing house-dust emissions from the vacuum cleaner. Also, to prevent an allergy attack, stay out of a vacuumed room for 20 minutes to avoid coming in contact with airborne particles.

n) Adjust Your Air Conditioner:

When you lower your air conditioner to 30 to 50% humidity, dust mites will have a hard time thriving in your household.

o) Turmeric:

Belonging to the ginger family, turmeric is a popular coloring agent in various ethnic foods. However, the therapeutic rewards of turmeric have been linked to treating inflammation associated with asthma and other breathing difficulties.

p) Remove Carpeting:

If you suffer from severe dust mite allergies, it is suggested to remove wall-to-wall carpeting in your home. Dust mites like making a home throughout the fibers of the carpet.

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