How to Improve Dust Allergies

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Dust allergies is caused from dust mites, which is a type of bug that can spell trouble for your condition. Improve dust allergies with help from a renowned medical expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Robert Eitches, certified allergist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and I'm here today to discuss how to improve dust allergies. Well first we have to get something straight. Dust allergies is really dust mite allergies and dust mites are really animals, bugs, they don't bite you but they do cause problems and the problem is they stool, their stool becomes airborne, it gets into your nose into your sinuses and it causes the release of allergy cells that make you sneeze, make you itch, make your eyes water and tear, make your chest cough and wheeze. So how, these are not bedbugs though they're dust mites so they're microscopic. You could put 50 dust mites heat to toe at the period at the end of a sentence but again, they love to eat your skin scales, your dead skin. That's their favorite thing. So we've got to take away the source of their food. So what could we do? One thing we could do is we could make your home or home into a surgical suite, wash it down, hose it down, that would be helpful. Not always practical. What's a practical thing to do? Well one thing is that they live where your skin settles so that's in carpets. So removing carpeting is beneficial. Another place they live is they live in pillows and mattresses. We could encase, we could get a special cover for your pillow or you mattress, again remove the dust mites from your body and make it a non-issue. Now in terms of dust mites, they love feather products. So feather pillows and down pillows are especially a problem, foam rubber is less of a problem. They don't really live in foam rubber. In general if you sort of hit your pillow or your mattress or your blanket and if you see a plume of dust, that's a problem. There are dust mites in that dust. So, another way to deal with them is to wash things. Now you can't wash your bed but you could wash your pillow. You could wash stuffed toys. If you can't wash the pillow or the stuffed toys, you could kill these dust mites by putting them in your freezer overnight and then putting them in the dryer, a hot dryer for 20 minutes and that would get rid of the dust mites or the dust mite particles. Another possibility is to have an air filter in your bedroom and that would filter out the dust mite particles. These are all different ways to try to deal with it. Finally, you could put the dust mites to sleep or to bed or not have them exist by living in a dry climate or keeping the humidity in your home under 50%. So, using a humidifier in your house for your cough may actually cause more dust mite growth. Areas like high mountainous areas or deserts tend to have less dust mites than moister areas. Medications of course are also a form of treatment. There are over-the-counter medicines such as antihistamines and then there are prescriptive medicines such as antihistamines or naso-antihistamines, baser nasal cortisone sprays or anti leukotrienes or if you have a lot of dust mite exposure and you're allergic to it, some people get immunotherapy or allergy shots. You are given a little bit of what you are allergic to and you build up protective antibodies so that you don't have the allergic reaction. I'm Dr. Robert Eitches. I'm a board certified allergist at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and I talked to you today on how to improve dust allergies. Thank you.


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