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Dust Mite Allergy and the Top End dread

Dr Sara Martin available for allergy skin checks at Territory Medical group, Nightcliff

The Bain of the Build Up.

The build up has arrived. While many of us in the Top End dread this time of year, with hot, steamy weather and no rain in sight, there are some creatures who love it!  Dust mite populations explode during the build up and wet season – they thrive in the humidity and warm weather. And with their increasing numbers come worsening allergy symptoms for some.

Dust mites cause “aeroallergy,” meaning they cause allergic reactions in your airways. Typically, dust mite allergy causes sneezing, runny and/or blocked nose, itchy,watery eyes and/or asthma symptoms. In some people, symptoms can be mild and infrequent, causing only occasional inconvenience. In others, severe, daily symptoms can significantly affect people’s quality of life and their ability to function normally.

Dust mites are indoor allergens and live where we live. They love soft furnishings, carpets and bedding. People often find symptoms are worse in the mornings, after sleeping all night on a pillow and bed that are likely teeming with dust mites.

Thankfully, help is at hand. Dust mite eradication measures can reduce your exposure to the pests. Medications, including antihistamines and nasal steroid sprays, can relieve symptoms. And when all else fails, desensitisation by an Allergy Doctor is an option.

Allergy testing and treatment is available by Territory Medical’s Allergy GP – Dr Sara Martin.

The ASCIA Website has lots of information about dust mite allergy.  Other helpful links are:

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