Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pets and dust mite allergy

Hi everyone. I am associate Professor, medical doctor, paediatrician (children's doctor). I have done a lot of studies about problems related to food allergy, gluten-sensitivity (the gluten syndrome), coeliac disease, and gastroenterology problems. I am also known as the medical food doctor!

Today I will be sharing with you some facts about Pets and dust mite allergy:

Pets, House Dust Mites and Pollens cause a lot of people a lot of trouble (you need to Log-in to access these documents). It is a good idea to get tests done for this type of allergy.

Inhalant allergy is also called environmental allergy. These allergens drift around in the air that you breathe. Inhalant allergens includes:

Dust mites

Pets (cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, feathers, etc)

Pollens (grass, trees, flowers)

Moulds, fungus


Tests to find out what specific allergens are causing the problem are:

Skin Prick Test

Blood tests for specific IgE allergens (RAST/ EAST tests)

Common inhalant allergens to test for:

Rye grass (and other prominent grasses in your local area)

Birch Pollen (and other prominent trees and shrubs in your local area)

Cat fur & dog hair ((and other animal that you suspect in your local area)


You should ask your own health professional about the most common allergens in your area. In general, the bigger the size of the result, the more likely it is to contribute to symptoms.

What to do?

Inhalant allergy persists for years. So it is important to reduce the impact on you as much as you can. Avoidance strategies are available for dust-mite and pets.

Pollens from grasses and trees are not so easy to manage. So think ahead – if you going to a high allergen zone, then take an antihistamine or an allergy preventer prior.


The symptoms of asthma (cough and wheeze) and hayfever (sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes) usually indicate an inhalant allergy. Also: hives/urticaria, sore throat, eczema.

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