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Dust mites, tiny pests found in bedding, curtains, and carpets in most homes, are an allergen for 40% to 85% of people with asthma and allergies. Symptoms of dust mite allergies include sneezing, itchy eyes, congestion, and coughing. If you have asthma, you may also experience chest pain, wheezing, and difficulty breathing.
Dust mite allergy testing can determine if your symptoms are caused by dust mites. The test is performed via a skin prick or blood test.
Why should you get tested
Testing can confirm if you’re allergic to American house dust mites so you can take steps to limit your exposure or consider treatment.
Who should get tested
You may benefit from dust mite allergy testing if you experience year-round, indoor allergies, especially at night when sleeping, or in the early morning.
When to get tested
Your doctor may order allergy testing if a dust mite allergy is suspected.
Preparation for allergy testing depends on the type of test:
Your doctor can provide you with more information prior to testing.
When you have a dust mite allergy, your immune system produces immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies to fight the allergen. You may also develop allergic symptoms, such as sneezing, coughing, and a skin rash.
Your doctor may order allergy testing to see if dust mites are causing your symptoms. There are two types of tests:
Your test results are typically provided as follows:
If you test positive for a dust mite allergy, you can take steps to reduce your exposure. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you can take medication to ease them, or consider immunotherapy treatments.
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