Allergens 101

Dust Mite (D. farinae)

Dermatophagoides farinae

A common house dust mite found globally. Interestingly, mites themselves are not usually the problem, it’s actually their excrement that results in 95% of allergens. Further, a single gram of dust can contain up to 19,000 dust mites!

Common symptoms

  • Hay fever

    A runny nose, stuffiness, and sneezing are very common

  • Eye allergies

    Itchy, watery, or red eyes are very common

  • Asthma

    Coughing, wheezing, chest congestion, chest tightness and shortness of breath

Where Dust Mites are found

D. farinae are found in most households in tropical and subtropical regions around the world. Essentially, they thrive in humid and temperate climates and exist in all regions of the United States.

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Recommended solutions

Avoid the allergen as best as you can and reduce symptoms through over-the-counter medications. If you would like to prevent your allergies from progressing or are looking for long-term relief, talk to your doctor about allergy immunotherapy or find out if you are eligible for NectarRx Allergy Treatment.

  • Clean often and wear a mask when doing so

  • Wrap bedding in allergen-proof covers

  • Use a dehumidifier and air conditioning

  • Use Benadryl, Claritin, or Zyrtec as needed

  • Treat with allergen immunotherapy