Dust Mite Allergy: Symptoms and Treatments

I'm Dr. Hamsa Subramanian. I'm a board certified allergist

and today we are gonna talk about dust mite allergies

Now dust is universal. All of us are exposed to dust

and many of us will sneeze, will cough

probably have a little itchy eyes, but that's it

but there are a lot of patients

who are affected by dust in a very severe way

their allergies can act up, they can cough, their asthma can act up

they can have conjuntivitis which is eye allergies

and in some patients with dust exposure

their eczema flairs up also

So in the select few

we like to skin test them and diagnose them with dust mite allergy

and offer treatments

Now all these patients have to make some changes in their environment

that definitely helps

but going beyond that, there are safe medications

there is the conventional allergy injections that is available

but the FDA has approved

a sublingual immunotherapy pill

the dust mite pill is taken sublingually - which means under your tongue

it's approved for patients 18 and above

you take it at the convenience of your home

it does have some side effects but generally it is very safe

talk to your allergist about it or come talk to me

I'll be happy to talk to you because many of us

who are allergic to dust really cannot avoid dust - it's everywhere

it's perennial - it's all year round

the more time you spend indoors, the more you're going to be exposed to dust

the more the humidity is very high inside, the more you're going to be exposed to dust

and most of us know we have enough dust collectors in our homes

we have pictures, we have blinds, we have a lot of dust mite products like carpets

pillows, mattresses

So there's a lot of things that collect dust and bothers us

and affects us in a very significant way