Dust mites are a leading cause of allergies and allergy-related asthma, second only to pollen. And it’s no wonder. They’re everywhere. A single gram of dust can hold up to 19,000 mites. The dust mites’ feces, which contain allergenic proteins, then gets into bed sheets, pillows, mattresses, and teddy bears—making your home and bed an asthma nightmare. But now, scientists think they’ve figured out a way to provide long-term relief to those who suffer from dust mite induced asthma.
A recent study published by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) found that 50% of children with dust mite induced asthma experienced remission after three years of allergy shots. These shots not only treat the symptoms, but also prevent asthma and halt the development of other allergies.
According to allergist and ACAAI chair James Sublett, “It has long been observed that the effectiveness of allergy shots continue long after treatment has been completed. This study is among the first to look at the benefits of different lengths of therapy. Not only does immunotherapy provide long-term therapeutic benefits… it can reduce total healthcare costs by 33 to 41%.”
If you suffer from dust mite induced asthma, there are some steps aside from shots you can take to feel better. Try getting some allergy bedding to keep dust mites out of your bed. Clean your sheets regularly, dust your house, and replace your air filters. And of course, remember to take your nebulizer medication!