Possibly the most common trigger of year-round allergies and asthma in some areas, dust mites are a tiny insect that can live in your home and cause big problems.  Although you can’t see them, many people around the world will have allergic reactions to them.



Dust mite allergy can trigger frequent and uncontrollable sneezing fits, often accompanied by itching and irritation in the nasal passages. This is your body’s way of expelling the tiny mite particles that have entered the nasal passage. It occurs when the immune system identifies dust mites as harmful and releases histamine, causing irritation and inflammation in the nose, leading to uncontrollable sneezing.

Watery Eyes

An allergic reaction to dust mites can also cause the eyes to water excessively. This happens because the body’s immune system responds to the allergen by releasing histamines which inflame the eye tissues, resulting in watery, itchy, and red eyes. The body attempts to wash away the allergens from the sensitive ocular area.

Runny Nose

Allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as a runny nose, is another common symptom of a dust mite allergy. Dust mite allergens can irritate the nasal lining, resulting in a runny nose with clear or slightly thickened discharge.


Dust mite allergy can provoke persistent coughing, especially when inhaling the allergens in dust mite-infested environments. The presence of excess mucus can result in a reflex cough in an attempt to clear the throat and lungs. This can often lead to an uncomfortable tickle in the throat.

Facial Pain or Pressure

Allergic reactions to dust mites can lead to facial pain and pressure, particularly around the sinuses. Headaches may accompany this discomfort. The pain typically worsens when you lean forward or wake up from sleep.

Under-Eye Puffiness

Chronic allergy sufferers often experience “allergic shiners,” dark, swollen areas under the eyes. When your body fights off allergens, blood flow increases to the affected regions, including the nasal passages and sinuses. This can lead to blood pooling under the eyes, causing puffiness and dark circles.

Sleep Interruption

The discomfort caused by sneezing, coughing, runny nose, and watery eyes can lead to interrupted sleep. Additionally, dust mites can cause allergic reactions during the night when they are most active, leading to waking up frequently. This can result in daytime fatigue and decreased overall well-being.

If you suffer from dust mite allergies and need help managing symptoms and reactions, contact the ENT Centers of North Texas today and start imagining your life free from allergies!