Can You Get Hives from Dust?

Hives (technically urticaria) are raised, itchy bumps on the skin. They can last a few hours or linger for days. No matter how long they last, they can make you miserable. The cause of hives can be elusive to pin down. They are the result of an allergic reaction. Can you get hives from dust? Yes, if the dust contains allergens you can get hives from dust. Here’s why.

What’s in Dust

Dust is just tiny, fine particles of stuff. That stuff can be anything. Indoors, dust is made up of textile fibers, shed bits of human and pet skin, hair, fur, food crumbs, feces from cockroaches dust mites and other indoor pests, pollen and soil. It can also contain small bits of paper, road dust and dead dust mite particles.

Dust is disgusting. It is a microcosm of our environment, reduced to a fine powder. If you are allergic to one or more of the components of the dust in your house it can cause hives, watery eyes, sneezing, wheezing coughing or a stuffy or runny nose.

Dust can make you miserable.

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Protecting Yourself from Dust

The best way to protect yourself from dust is to prevent it. Keep road dust out by closing doors and windows. Minimize pet allergens in dust by keeping pets outdoors.

You can reduce the amount of textile fibers in dust by removing carpeting and rugs and replacing fabric upholstered furniture with wood and leather furniture. If you have throws and blankets, wash them frequently to remove loose fibers and shed skin from people and pets. If you can’t replace furniture, carpets or rugs, spray them frequently with denaturing sprays like ADMS antiallergen spray. These sprays break down the allergens in the dust without staining or adding any fragrance to the air.

To keep the dust mites and dust mite feces out of your dust cover your mattress and pillows in special dust mite proof covers. Wash sheets every 7 days in hot water to get rid of the dust there.

Vacuum and dust at least once a week. Use a HEPA filtered vacuum and wear a mask that prevents against dust. Dust with damp rags to prevent particles from becoming airborne and settling again.

Run HEPA filtered air cleaners to reduce the amount of dust floating in the air.

Easing the Misery of Hives

If you get hives from dust, don’t scratch. It’s hard not to scratch, but you can injure the skin and risk infection from MRSA or impetigo.

Oral antihistamines can reduce the itch and swelling from hives. Soaks in Epsom salt or colloidal oatmeal baths can soothe hives. Always soak in warm or cool water and pat skin dry, don’t rub skin with a towel.

Calamine lotion or aloe gel can also easy the misery of hives. Don’t use any topical solution with an antihistamine. These can cause allergic reactions that will just make the hives worse.

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Recently we received a call from a long time customer in Texas who sufferers from severe dust mite allergies. She had called to order DeMite laundry additive and we started talking about several things, internet, church, family and allergies. She started telling me about a few things she had done or was thinking about doing to eliminate dust mites in her home.

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She purchased an additional mattress encasing to go over her existing mattress encasing. This encasing has some sort of chemical treatment built into the fabric that is supposed to kill dust mites. The encasing it was fairly expensive, can only be washed 4 times before it must be thrown away and you should wash your hands after handling it. I can’t imagine putting something on my bed that is so toxic that I have to wash my hands after making the bed.

She was also looking at replacing her 4 year old mattress because she read an advertisement for a “dust mite proof mattress”. It turns out it was one of the memory foam ones that have become very popular in the last few years. While it is true that dust mites can not burrow deep into a foam mattress they are NOT dust mite proof. Dust mites will live on the surface and in the tiny air pockets that foam products have. I love my foam pillow, great for the neck, but it is not dust mite proof and it is encased.

Last but not least she needs a new vacuum cleaner so she had someone come to her house to give her a demonstration. This vacuum was the latest technology and best on the market according to the sales person. I’ve not used this particular vacuum but I do know she could get one that is just as good or better for less than $1,200.00 they were asking.

Bottom line is she getting rid of the chemically treated encasing, is keep her old mattress and will look at other vacuum options. She figured that she had just saved well over

$2,000.00 which is a good thing since she is a retired widow living on a fixed income. She also got her bottle of DeMite.

It was a really good call.

Wishing you the best of health

Mike Krause

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Can Allergies Cause Chest Pains?

Do you have pain in the chest this Valentine’s Day?  That feeling might not be a broken heart.  Chest pain is a symptom of allergies and allergy-related conditions.  Pain in the center of the chest that feels like squeezing along with pain in the arms, back, neck or jaw can be heart attack.  That’s when you need to call 911.  But if you have a persistent tightness in the larger chest area, it may be a condition related to allergies.

Allergy Induced Asthma

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Uncontrolled allergies can lead to asthma.  Asthma inflames your airways, makes them narrow,  and fills them with mucous.  This makes breathing difficult.  You may hear a wheezing noise as you breathe.  You may also cough.

During an asthma attack, your chest may feel tight.  Some people describe it as a feeling of something pressing down on the chest.

The repeated coughing and gasping for air associated with asthma can cause damage to the scalene muscles.  These muscles are located on the side of the neck and attach the neck vertebrae to the 1st and 2nd ribs. Scalene muscle damage causes pain in the upper chest that may or may not radiate down the arm.

Medication and allergy avoidance control asthma.  Talk to your doctor and if you have asthma, know how to prepare for an asthma attack.

Allergy Medication Side Effects

Thatpills for allergies pill you swallowed to relieve your allergy symptoms can cause chest pain.  If you take allergy medications that include the decongestant pseudoephedrine you know how well it works.

What you might not know is that tightness in the chest is one of the many side effects of pseudoephedrine.

Talk to your doctor about alternative medications that do not contain this ingredient if you are sensitive.

Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

People that are sensitive to dust and other inhaled allergens can experience Hypersensitivity pneumonitis if they do not control their exposure.  This can be caused by living or working in dusty areas and has even been associated with molds coming from the HVAC system.  The primary symptom is tightness and pain in the chest.  It is caused by repeatedly inhaling allergens and can cause serious scarring of the lungs.  Reversible if caught early; if not can lead to pulmonary fibrosis.

Control Your Allergies!

If you have allergies, asthma, scalene muscle damage or hypersensitivity pneumonitis you know it isn’t a pain in the neck, it’s a pain in the chest and it can be serious.  Talk to your doctor and then talk to The Allergy Store about controlling your exposure to allergens.

Frequent washing, using allergen proof bedding, and allergen reducing products in your home can all reduce your exposure to allergens.  We can’t mend a broken heart, but we can control allergens.  We’d love to help you!

Til Next Time!