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Sneezing Again! Durned Dust! How Does It Make Me Sneeze?

Have you ever had a person tell you, I'm allergic to house dust? Or perhaps you are yourself allergic to house dust.

Well, it's time to take a closer look at what you are probably allergic to.

First: house dust largely consists of discarded, dead, human skin cells. If you are a pet owner, then there is, of course, pet dander as well.

Now dust mites feed on those cells.

Dust mites die. And when they die, their bodies decompose.

When their bodies decompose, the content of their gut is exposed to the air.

In those contents, bacteria thrive.

It is those bacteria that are the source of our nasal problem. The word is rhinitis. We sneeze our fool heads off.

Recent belief has it it is not so much that the bacteria cause an infection, as some of us are simply allergic to them.

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VinceSummers wrote on August 15, 2018, 9:27 AM

Actually, we could have gone a step further. Realize: not everyone suffers an allergic response to "house dust". In other words, not everyone is allergic to the bacteria. Hence, it is not the bacteria, but our own body that is the real culprit.

MegL wrote on August 15, 2018, 11:23 AM

You can get anti allergy pillows or pillow covers with thick woven cloth that the dust can't get through

MegL wrote on August 15, 2018, 11:25 AM

Apparently people who are exposed to animals etc early on are less likely to grow up allergic. I never minded my children playing in the dirt, I think it's generally healthy (not all dirt).

VinceSummers wrote on August 15, 2018, 5:40 PM

Quite possibly. And as to the dirt I agree, though as you say, not all dirt. Certainly not the dirt of NY's Love Canal!