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Severe Dust Mite Allergy

  • 13-03-2022 9:14pm
    Registered Users Posts: 34 martinnn1997

    Any other farmer out there suffer from a dust mite allergy. Doctors/ chemist workers always say to stay away from dust but it's simply not possible on a farm. Just wondering how do other people cope. I'm at a wit's end and find any nasal rinses and antihistamines aren't working. Thanks


  • Registered Users Posts: 715 ✭✭✭ Tonynewholland

    Always have a mask with you. I see so many farmers spreading lime on cubicle beds wearing no wear. A lot of farmers suffering with farmers lung

  • Registered Users Posts: 4 Square Hammer

    Not a farmer but have the same problem. Id imagine as with me not just the farm causing your problems. I used to get regular sinus infections until I sorted it out. My top tip is to focus on your bed. Go to dunnes and buy anti allergy pillows. cover your mattress with an anti allergy cover.Wash your sheets more regularly and never cover the sheets with the quilt during the day. Air your bedroom regularly. This will ensure the mites wont do well in your bedroom. Buy a hoover with a hepa filter in it. Remove all carpets in your house.Medicine wise Id go doctor and see what they can do for you. I took a steroid spray for quite a long time as my nasal passages had swelled so much from exposure to the dust mite excrement which is what the allergy is actually about. Steroid spray do work as long as you use the spray properly. There is a technique to it that you need to master. ie the medicine shouldnt run down your throat after using the spray. Cant give medical advice really as dont know your situation and I'm not a doctor so I'll leave it at that that.I also went to an ent specialist and an allergy doctor. Once had sorted out the bed didnt need the steroid anymore. Allergy doctor did a test that showed all my allergies. Dust mite one was easily the worst. Until then thought might just be the bad air quality in city. If you sort out the house you'll have more of a window to deal with whatever exposure on the farm rather than being constantly exposed to the blighters.

  • Registered Users Posts: 172 ✭✭ Larry Bee

    I find that if I rub a bit of vaseline in my nose when I'm going to be doing dusty jobs it helps. And I use a nasal rinse regularly.

    I also use antihistamine tablets if I have to

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,297 ✭✭✭ Cavanjack

    Too long with cattle and I’m sneezing for the day, red itchy eyes and I end up exhausted. I take an antihistamine any day I’m going to the mart or any day I’m doing a lot of cattle work (dosing etc.). No bother on me then.

    think if you are bad you can get an injection that’ll last a few months.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,103 ✭✭✭ funkey_monkey

    I would have come down bad when bedding the pens with straw especially as we used a straw chopper. Same with putting out hay in the mangers.

    I ended up getting a mask used by those who spray cars and wearing it whilst doing the work. The good thing about farming is that there are very few folk about to see you so it doesn't matter what you look like.

    I think it was this one - it would help you out until the doc got you sorted:

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  • Registered Users Posts: 34 martinnn1997

    Thanks very much👌

  • Registered Users Posts: 34 martinnn1997