Dust mites: What are the usual side effects?

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Exposure to dust mites might trigger several side effects among sensitive individuals. These are small insects that thrive in warm, humid areas such as in upholstered furniture, bedding and carpeting.


Not all are highly sensitive to dust mites but those who are sensitive, the usual indications that might arise include:

  • Facial pressure
  • Itchy eyes
    In most cases, a reaction might include nasal drainage, postnasal drip, sneezing and congestion.
  • Nasal issues
  • Asthma symptoms
  • Dizziness

A dust mite allergy is a reaction of the immune system as it attempts to deal with their byproducts. An allergist should be consulted to confirm if an individual is allergic.

Close look on the usual effects after dust mite exposure

  • Dizziness – this is due to the buildup of excessive fluid in the ears or pressure from the inflamed sinuses after inhaling the dust mite particles. If the individual experiences severe dizziness, a doctor should be consulted since it might be an indication of a serious condition.
  • Nasal issues – if an allergic reaction arises, it triggers inflammation in the sinus cavity. In most cases, a reaction might include nasal drainage, postnasal drip, sneezing and congestion. The inflamed sinus cavity places pressure on the adjacent body parts such as the inner ear and upper teeth.
  • Asthmatic reactions – a usual reaction after exposure to dust mites is asthmatic issues such as chest tightness, wheezing and difficulty breathing. If an individual experience an asthma attack, it results to dizziness due to the lack of oxygen reaching the brain.
  • Facial pressure – this is the result of having an inflamed sinus cavity. The cheekbones, eyes and forehead might be sensitive to the touch. The pressure on the face can make the individual tired and lethargic.
  • Eye irritation – dust mite allergy can lead to eye irritation. Due to the high levels of histamine in the bloodstream, the eyes become reddened, water and itchy. In severe cases, the eyes become swollen with a black and bluish appearance.

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