Dust mite allergy, anyone?

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I've been having trouble with throat tightness and breathing (mainly when I lie down in bed at night), so I went for an allergy test today. Only thing I'm allergic to is dust mites - which could explain a lot. Every time I try to fall asleep, I wake up gasping for air.

So my question is - those with dust mite allergies - how do I manage this? What can I do to minimize these in my home? Is there a product I can use on my carpet? Not something anyone can get totally away from. I'm a newb to allergies.
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There are mattress covers you can buy. And lots and lots of vacuuming.

I'm allergic to dust mites (and a whole lot of other things), daily medication may also be the way to go, allergy shots if the Dr feels it's appropriate
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I am not as bad around dust as I was when I was a child and most of my reactions involved sneezing or skin irritation. I would have to put on gloves when I dusted because my hands would break out or crack. My mom does the exact same thing. The best thing you can do is vacuum and dust regularly to keep it at bay. Some houses do have more dust than others. I grew up in a house close to a road with a good amount traffic. It kept the air stirred up constantly. You could dust and in one hour your tables were covered in dust again.

You also might want to rule out a few other things before settling on allergies due to your throat swelling. I know that is a common sign but that is not the only reason why it may happen. A sleep study might be perfect in this situation. Many end up with throat irritation because of snoring and other disturbances with breathing as they rest.
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I have several friends and family mbrs with sleep apnea. They would all wake up gasping for air and throat irritation, which can cause swelling. Most felt exhausted during the day because of this. Their body never let them get good rest.
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I don't have sleep apnea or anything like that. I have had reflux in the past, which may cause it, not sure. But I also get the tightness during the day as well... and it came on again when I was injected during the test. I'll only have problems for like an hour or two before I even fall asleep. Once I fall asleep I'm good for the night.

Sadly there's not much I can do in an apartment building. I think I will try those bed covers and try out an allergy pill. We definitely need to vacuum and dust more often. My doc didn't really give me much instruction. Last time I went in for allergies he told me I needed to see a psychiatrist. Needless to say, I'm not fond of this doc, but he's the only one. Wish they would've done the environmental panel back when I first saw him.
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I have multiple allergies (including dust mites). I ended up doing allergy shots, but that's because I found out I was allergic to cats and I had three of them. Zyrtec helped me the most with respiratory issues, and Allegra is the only thing that helped me with eye symptoms, so I was taking both until the allergy shots started to kick in. I also do the mattress and pillow covers.
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I have multiple allergies (including dust mites). I ended up doing allergy shots, but that's because I found out I was allergic to cats and I had three of them. Zyrtec helped me the most with respiratory issues, and Allegra is the only thing that helped me with eye symptoms, so I was taking both until the allergy shots started to kick in. I also do the mattress and pillow covers.
Originally Posted by Corrina777
This is my situation as well. Dust mites are on the list, yet are the least of my problems--I have two cats, I travel frequently for work (hotel pillows), and live in an area with tons of grass. My scratch test results go better if I tell you what I'm NOT allergic to lol. I take Allegra pretty much everyday but I still struggle here and there. May have to look into shots too...and I have a mattress cover and I vacuum twice weekly when I am home.
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I don't have sleep apnea or anything like that. I have had reflux in the past, which may cause it, not sure. But I also get the tightness during the day as well... and it came on again when I was injected during the test. I'll only have problems for like an hour or two before I even fall asleep. Once I fall asleep I'm good for the night.

Sadly there's not much I can do in an apartment building. I think I will try those bed covers and try out an allergy pill. We definitely need to vacuum and dust more often. My doc didn't really give me much instruction. Last time I went in for allergies he told me I needed to see a psychiatrist. Needless to say, I'm not fond of this doc, but he's the only one. Wish they would've done the environmental panel back when I first saw him.
Originally Posted by sixelamy
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I was told to do the stuff on the list because it was thought that I had allergies by a few people including couple of doctors including an ENT specialist.

It was actually other allergy suffers who told me to do the stuff on the list. The medical staff I saw kept telling me to take anti-histamines then use steroid sprays.

It was later found out by a nurse that I sometimes have a screwy immune system, which is probably linked to the issues with my nose. Therefore anti-histamines don't work for me unless I have a skin allergy or insect bites.
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I have multiple allergies (including dust mites). I ended up doing allergy shots, but that's because I found out I was allergic to cats and I had three of them. Zyrtec helped me the most with respiratory issues, and Allegra is the only thing that helped me with eye symptoms, so I was taking both until the allergy shots started to kick in. I also do the mattress and pillow covers.
Originally Posted by Corrina777
This is my situation as well. Dust mites are on the list, yet are the least of my problems--I have two cats, I travel frequently for work (hotel pillows), and live in an area with tons of grass. My scratch test results go better if I tell you what I'm NOT allergic to lol. I take Allegra pretty much everyday but I still struggle here and there. May have to look into shots too...and I have a mattress cover and I vacuum twice weekly when I am home.
Originally Posted by artemis513
I hear you. I'm allergic to the outdoors in general (grass, tree, and ragweed pollen), dust mites, mold spores, cats, and cockroaches. Apparently the area where I live (Hudson Valley, NY) is one of the worst areas for allergies. Lucky me. My allergist ended up offering me a new super-dose for my allergy shots, so I'm back to weekly shot for the next six months or so.
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Reflux might be a possibility. That can cause irritation of the throat, for sure.

You can always give a few things a try and see how it goes. I know they (the experts) say vacuuming your mattress helps as well. Flip it and get both sides.

I can not blame you for not being fond of the doctor. :-/ Even when being fairly certain that they have seen numerous patients worried about allergies over the past several years. They did become popular, but still, not cool.
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Not to side track you, but this reminded me of my youngest nephew. He should have had allergy testing this week, but we have not heard about the results yet. He has apparently been having problems swallowing for some time. When he eats, items get hung easily and his mom said he sometimes throws up. She kept telling him to slow down and chew his food better. This happened a couple weeks ago and he had to be taken to the ER and have bits of chicken removed from his throat. They noticed a great deal of irritation, swelling, did biopsies and told his parents to schedule allergy tests. I am not sure if my brother & SIL filled the ER doc in on his medical history or not. He was born with bleeding ulcers so bad, he required blood transfusions just out of the womb. He also had horrible reflux. I saw babies in the NICU at that time with reflux so bad that they would stop breathing. Horrible, and it would make your heart stop. Any the who, his parents do not cook and most of his meals are frozen, pre packaged and fast food. I know allergies can pop up at any time but if it were allergies, I think he would have had more severe reactions by now, like honest difficulty breathing along with the swelling. Most everything he eats may contain peanut oil or any number of ingredients that can set you off.
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Reflux might be a possibility. That can cause irritation of the throat, for sure.

You can always give a few things a try and see how it goes. I know they (the experts) say vacuuming your mattress helps as well. Flip it and get both sides.

I can not blame you for not being fond of the doctor. :-/ Even when being fairly certain that they have seen numerous patients worried about allergies over the past several years. They did become popular, but still, not cool.
Originally Posted by Fifi.G
Actually you could be on to something there.

Reflux and nasal congestion are often linked. Some people report symptoms of both. It would be worth seeing an ENT specialist if possible and telling them all symptoms.

Some of my own symptoms were regarded as weird by other doctors but a few the of ENT specialists I've met including 2 not treating me but giving talks have explained my symptoms are normal. They seemed more peeved about the ignorance of other doctors on conditions that are becoming more common, as these other doctors are leave patients to suffer for years when things can be sorted out quickly especially if they were given the patients full medical history.
I'm allergic to dust, bergamot, lavender among other things. Aside from taking my allergy pills, Himalayan salt lamps help with allergies and purify the air.
I was told my breathing problems were from reflux years and years ago. It just started happening again. I was hoping for something else to be causing it, because I don't want to go down that road again (way too many food problems, and already very limited diet). Took a Zantac the other night, and that was the best my throat has felt in a while. Darn it.

We did clean almost the entire apartment this past weekend, and I can tell the difference between the bedroom that we cleaned, and the one that I sleep in. I want to move back to the other bedroom, but that bed gives me back problems. I'll try it out again one day soon. We also bought those allergy pillow cases. My fiancÚ said he noticed a difference. I've slept pretty well the past couple of nights.
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