10 Symptoms of Allergy to Dust Mites [Infographics]

Dust mite’s allergy is a reaction caused due to the presence of microscopic bugs in house dust. Dust mites are so small that we cannot see it through our eyes. These insects are different from bed bugs as they generally do not bite. Some kind of mites do bite but these types of house dust mites feed on dead skin of human being or animal pets you have in your home.

Dust mites thrive in humid environments, they reside in carpets, bedding, furniture and pillows. A used mattress may have up to 10 million mites inside it. In order to get rid of these dust mites, we can use air purifiers or some healthy cleaning habits.

Symptoms of Allergy

The allergic reaction is due to their waste particles. People with allergy due to dust mites face difficulty in breathing or may get different health-related problems.


The protein present in the waste material of dust mites produces antibodies, the people who are allergic when coming in contact with it may face swelling or irritation in upper respiratory passages. Other Symptoms of allergies to dust mites includes the following:

A cough

Coughing is common when a person is suffering from asthma. People not having asthma may have a cough because of dust mites, airborne particles, pollen, pet dander and other contaminants. If your cough stops when you enter an air-conditioned room then it’s a signal that your cough is due to allergy to dust mites. Or if your cough triggers when you pet mittens it again a sign of allergies. If you are still not sure why do you cough then consult a doctor.

Hay fever

Hay fever is also a symptom of an allergy. It is caused due to the interaction of body with pollutants and allergens which may include pollen, dust mites, mold, cockroaches, pet dander etc. Hay fever is associated with other symptoms like itching, watery eyes and cough. The condition is very miserable when you have it.


Sneezing occur when you come in contact with something that causes irritation to your nose. Usually, it is triggered by dust particles, pollen and pet dander. Sneezing is a way that our body adapts to expels unwanted particles which are the cause of irritation in nasal passages.

Itchy/ Red / Watering eyes

Allergens can cause watery and red eyes. This causes irritation, burning, itching and prompts tear production. The common cause behind eyes allergy is dust, pollen, dander, smoke, mold and exhaust fumes.

A runny nose

A runny nose may also be caused as a result of an allergy. Other reasons behind a runny nose may also include influenza and the common cold.


Asthma is a disease that causes difficulty in breathing. It can be triggered by the presence of pollutants and allergens like dust mites, mold, pollen etc. The triggers vary from person to person.

Itching Skin

Some people having eczema may feel itching or redness due to the presence of dust mites. When dust mites digest their skin, it gives these patients a nasty itch. We cannot feel dust mites crawling on our skin. The allergy is caused when we inhale these mites.

Frequent awakening

Some studies have shown that poor sleep is associated with allergy. When we inhale unwanted particles like dust mites, it can cause respiratory issue making your sleeping game difficult. This signifies the presence of dust mites in your bed or pillow.

Nasal congestion

Nasal congestion and stuffiness may also be caused by the dust mites’ allergies.

Rubbing of nose

If a child is frequently rubbing his nose upward, it’s an indication of dust allergies.

Swollen eyes

Blood vessels in eyes get swell when a special protein called histamine is released. This is also a symptom of an allergic reaction. The allergens again include dust mites, pollen and mold.

What to do?

In severe circumstances, it is suggested to consult a doctor.

Some natural remedies can help fight the allergy to dust mites and other allergens, which includes cleaning clothes and curtain in hot water, freezing small items and toys, keeping pets outside the room and bathing on regular basis.

An air purifier can also help get rid of these pollutants and allergens that are the real culprit.




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