Dust is found wherever humans are. It is fine particles of matter consisting primarily of human hair, animal fur, pollen, spiderwebs, skin cells, dust mites, and various stray fibers from things like furniture and clothing. Although tiny and often invisible to the naked eye, dust can clump and gather on furniture, floors, and surfaces.
While just a nuisance and a matter of cleanliness for some, for many, dust is a common and frequent trigger for allergies. People with dust allergies know all too well the problems dust causes and how difficult those problems can be to deal with.
What are the symptoms of dust allergies?
Although symptoms may vary, they are generally fairly consistent. Frequent sneezing is very common, as is nasal congestion, runny nose, and itchy or water eyes.
More seriously, dust allergies may make it difficult to breathe, with tightness in the chest, wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath all experienced by many people as well. Further, dust may trigger asthma attacks in susceptible individuals.
Dust can also cause itchy skin, even in people without dust allergies!
What causes dust allergies?
Dust mites are the most common cause of dust allergies. Dust mites are microscopic arachnids (think spiders) that live in our homes and feed on shed human skin. Fortunately for us, they do not feed on live human skin, nor do they live on our bodies.
Dust mites and their feces make up a lot of the dust in our homes.