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House dust mite (HDM) allergy

Immunotherapy, an attractive option in the treatment of house dust mite allergy.

Whether we like it or not,
house dust mites live with us!

Getting rid of the source of allergies in one’s household is far from simple, especially in the case of house dust mites. Despite costly equipement to filter air in an operating room, a beam of light will often show various particles floating in the air. This highlights the challenge and the relative nature of avoidance in the field of allergy. The same goes for house dust mites. The scientific evidence regarding the efficacy of environmental control measures for house dust mites allergies is, at best, tenuous.

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Symptoms

  • Nasal congestion (blocked nose), worse at night and in the morning
  • Sneezing fits particularly at night
  • Asthma wheezing
  • Mouth breathing and snoring
  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
  • Clear nasal discharge, runny nose (rhinorrhea)
  • Dry, irritated skin often over the eyelids
  • Itchiness of the nose and/or palate or throat
  • Allergic conjunctivitis (often associated) : tearing, redness and itchiness of the eyes

Treatment and tips

Get rid of dust, decrease ambiant humidity level, favor easy to clean smooth flooring and other surfaces, and seal mattresses and pillows in house dust mite proof wrapping as a first step. Reasonably though, one must realize that it is difficult, maybe even impossible to completely eradicate house dust mite particles from the air in a household.

House dust mite allergy relates to proteins from their feces and decomposed bodies. Thus, house dust mites cause allergies even after they are dead.

The mites thrive on the humidity, the skin debris of the human environment, from the house to the work space or public transit.


Immunotherapy, to change the course
of house dust mite allergy

Why limit yourself to trying to hide from dust mites and treat only the symptoms of house dust mite allergy? Sublingual immunotherapy brings the opportunity to change the course of house dust mite allergy and reduce the risk of further respiratory allergies and/or asthma. By bringing this novel approach that combines practical solutions, AVANT GARDE MédicalMD brings forth unique expertise to help tackle your house dust mite allergy.

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