Many children are allergic to dust and dust mites. Dust mites are tiny bugs that get into bedding, furniture, and carpets. Dust mites are too small to be seen with the naked eye. When you sit on a chair, walk over a carpet, or lie on a bed, material produced by the mites is blown into the air. When breathed in, these can cause a runny nose, wheezing, and other symptoms.
It is impossible to get rid of dust or dust mites completely, but reducing them in your house may improve your child's allergy symptoms. Keep in mind that some of these measures may be costly. Start by doing what you and your budget can manage. Since your child spends one-third of his or her day in bed, focus on your child's bedroom first.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Current as of: October 6, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Lora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics
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