What are dust mite allergies?

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.

What causes dust mite allergies?

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.

Reviewed by: Amy S Feldman, MD

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