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Dust Mite Allergy 

Who else has a dust mite allergy like me?  It's the worse right.  

At times I tend to not pay attention when I'm going through old books and old papers since they can be known to have dust on them.  It simply just doesn't dawn on me and then about an hour later, I find that my stomach hurts.

I recall what I had to eat and after not coming up with anything weird, it finally dawns on me that I went through old items without wearing anything over my mouth and nose...aha! It's the dust! 

Dust Mite Allergy Linked to Seafood Intolerance

So far as long as I could remember, I ate seafood.  I mean everything.  Who else loves shrimp?  Me! 

  • shrimp
  • lobster
  • clams
  • crawfish
  • oyster, everything! 

I remember one day my husband made me lobster tail for Mother's Day...omg! it was amazing but about an hour later I started to have really bad stomach pain.

I mean excruciating. Did I become allergic to seafood?  You're kidding me right...ugh! No! 

After seeing an allergist and conducting my own research for some years, I discovered that if someone is highly allergic to dust mites like me then there is a cross reactivity to certain types of seafood as well.

Aha, omg!  That made perfect sense.  I was sad but relieved that I knew what it was.  Now that I am doing allergy immunotherapy again, I feel that I will be able to enjoy seafood again which I'm sooooooo happy about.

Did I say I was happy...lol! 

Here's a great resource that talks more about the cross reactivity.  

Protecting Yourself from Dust Mites 

So this is going to look different for everyone since everyone has a different tolerance level but here are some things that I try to do:

  • When dusting and vacuuming, I cover my nose and eyes
  • Pay someone to do it, if you can't handle the dust and if it makes you sick
  • Be sure that your home is dusted on a regular basis to keep your dust down
  • Use a hypoallergenic pillow case which I have.
  • When dusting, wet a microfiber cloth to trap the dust which I do.
  • Use an air filter -- something that we do not have yet..need to
  • I take my antihistamines regular 

I hope these tips help.  If you have any others, please share below.  


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