Dust Mite - Allergic Reactions
Like all acari, house dust mites do not have a stomach. They secrete special enzymes (Der p I) and fungi that will pre-digest the food. Once the food had been completely digested, it will become faeces, still containing the enzymes. It is that enzyme that will be at the source of the allergic reaction when coming in contact with the skin or inhaled. In a 10 week life span, a house dust mite will produce approximately 2000 faecal particles and an even larger number of partially digested enzyme-infested dust particles.
Some main allergic symptoms are itchiness, sneezing, inflamed or infected eczema, watering eyes and runny nose. But above all, the allergens produced by house dust mites are the most common trigger of asthma. In addition to genetic factors, exposure in early childhood to house-dust mite allergens is an important determinant of the subsequent development of asthma. (New England Journal of Medicine)
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Reactions To Dust Mite Allergens Can Include:
- Ichiness and/or sneezing
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Inflamed or infected eczema
- Symptoms associated with Asthma