Allergic cough with a house dust allergy
Anyone who suffers from a house dust allergy knows the problem: you often have to cough hard in the morning, immediately after getting up. This cough is triggered by the house dust you breathe in. Attached to this house dust are tiny particles of mite excrement. Mite excrement is the excrement of the dust mites, which consists largely of protein. Allergy sufferers are allergic to this protein and thus also to mite faeces.
Symptoms of an allergic cough
The allergic cough is particularly noticeable immediately after getting up or even when you are still in bed. Symptomatic for such an allergic cough are the constant irritation of the throat and a dry cough without phlegm. Those who react particularly violently to dust mites and house dust suffer particularly badly, even at night. This can lead to sleep being disturbed and one cannot recover at night. A direct consequence is daytime tiredness and exhaustion.
Allergic cough – the reasons
As you can read in this article on house dust allergy, the concentration of mites and mite faeces in mattresses and bedding is particularly high, namely up to 1.5 million dust mites in a single bed. If you then consider that the mites produce around 200 times their body weight in faeces during their lifetime, you have an idea of the amount of allergens in a typical bed.
The danger with an allergic cough
Persistent allergic cough can have serious health consequences. Initially, the house dust allergy sufferer experiences problems in inhaling and exhaling in addition to the regular coughing irritation. Breathing becomes difficult and whistling noises can occur.
Anyone who does not react quickly to such symptoms by consulting a lung specialist runs the risk of developing allergic asthma or bronchial asthma.
What can a house dust allergy sufferer do against allergic cough?
As explained above, allergic cough is caused by the allergens, mainly in house dust, but also in mattress and bedding. As long as it is clarified that the allergic cough is actually caused by a house dust allergy, the triggers (dust mites and mite faeces) must be dealt with consistently. In addition to regular dusting and vacuuming with an allergen-proof filter, this includes the use of mattress covers (encasings) and air cleaners. Air purifiers in particular are able to clean the air of allergens and thus significantly reduce the symptoms.
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