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Also known as: dust allergies.
Dust mites are microscopic insects that eat shed human skin cells. When people experience an allergic reaction to exposure to these tiny bugs, it is known as a dust mite allergy.
The dust mites themselves are the cause of the symptoms of dust mite allergies. They are normally harmless, but some people’s immune systems overreact when exposed to them and they experience allergy symptoms.
Symptoms of dust mite allergies are like other environmental allergies, except people with this allergy have symptoms year round. They include:
It is impossible to completely get rid of dust mites. There are some ways to reduce your exposure.
Reviewed by: Amy S Feldman, MD
This page was last updated on: May 05, 2021 04:51 PM
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Dr. Amy Feldman, pediatric allergist and immunologist, explains the triggers and symptoms of environmental allergies in children.
Environmental allergies are when the immune system overreacts to things normally considered harmless in the environment like pollens, dust mite, animals, and molds.