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Dust allergy and asthma - what you can do

Do I need a test for dust mite allergies?

Dr Louisa Draper

"A house dust mite allergy is closely related to asthma. If you’re prone to asthma and exposed to lots of house dust mites, you’re more likely to have an asthma attack or increased asthma symptoms."

Dr Louisa Draper

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A dust allergy is an allergic reaction triggered by dust mites. Dust mites are one of the biggest causes of allergies in the home. They are tiny little insects that are found in household dust. They cannot be seen with the naked eye.

Dust mites like living in warm, damp areas of your home, such as:

  • mattresses
  • carpets
  • pillows
  • soft furnishing or upholstered furniture
  • soft toys
  • clothing
  • towels
Dust mites are harmless to most of us, but can spark allergic asthma in certain people. Dust allergies can trigger such conditions as allergic asthma, eczema or rhinitis (an inflammation and irritation of the inside of your nose).

Other common substances that cause allergies in people are mould, pet hair or pollen.