Allergies to Dust

Allergies to Dust

Many children are allergic to house dust. But what is it in dust that they are allergic to?

Much of dust is made up of flakes of our old skin. By itself this isn’t a problem, but as we’ve known for a while, many children are allergic to the house dust mite, a tiny creature that lives on the dust.

A significant number of children are actually allergic to mouse, cat, or cockroach allergens found in the dust, according to a  report in the December 2000 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

When trying to get dust allergies under control, removing some of these creatures from the home might make a big difference in helping your children sleep peacefully, all snug in their beds!

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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