Information: Dust


Do you react to dust and/or dust mite exposure?

Dust can be found in the inner layers of furniture cushions, carpets and bed-linen fibers and provide a breeding ground for dust mites. Dust mites are tiny insects which live and feed on dead skin cells shed by humans and animals. Dust Mites are present in Dust. Dust mite waste protein is generally inhaled and causes a specific antibody (called IgE) to which it reacts.

Standard Medical (Diagnostic) Approach

History and examination of the patient. Skin testing for food reactions: “Skin Prick Testing” where small amounts of suspected allergens and/or their extracts (pollen, grass, mite proteins, peanut extract etc) are tested on the skin and their reactions noted and evaluated. Blood: tests for allergy which measures the concentration of specific IgE antibodies in the blood. Elimination/Challenge tests: this involves progressively removing foods or other substances suspected of causing adverse reactions for a period of up to 6 weeks and observing whether the symptoms subside with the products removal. If the patient experiences significant improvement, he/she may then be “challenged” by reintroducing the suspected food or substances to see if the symptoms can be reproduced.

Standard Management & Treatment Approach:

To reduce symptoms it is generally advised to minimize exposure to the dust and dust mite waste. Immunotherapy and sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) are other management options. The therapies involve giving increasingly larger dose of the dust and dust mite (either orally or by injection) over a period of some months. When the ideal dose is reached you may need to maintain the dosage for number of years. The aim is to “desensitize” you to the dust and dust mite protein.

Integrative Holistic Medical Approach

The Integrative Holistic Medical approach to dust and dust mite allergy also takes into consideration other factors such as the person’s other medical conditions, total nutrition, gut health, the environment and any other possible underlying causes. Where the Standard Medical Approach does not assist or is not wanted, the Holistic medical approach can include, Low Dose Immunotherapy to diagnose and treat the patient’s allergies and/or intolerances. Low Dose Immunotherapy has a wide variety of applications in relation to foods, inhalants, and various substances. Professional assessment and management is required at each step in the Low Dose Immunotherapy diagnosis and treatment planning process.

What does a US environmental allergist think about Low Dose Immunotherapy?

Dr Rapp served as Clinical Assistant Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo until January 1996. She practiced traditional allergy medicine for 18 years. After learning about environmental medicine in 1975, Dr Rapp began to incorporate the principles of environmental medicine into her paediatric allergy practice. Dr Rapp talks about her experiences using Low Dose Immunotherapy with patients who are sensitive to Dust and Dust Mite. Click on the video below.

This type of diagnosis and treatment is available at YourHealth Brighton, Victoria, Australia.