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16 Home Remedies For Dust Allergy

Medically reviewed by Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD ND
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16 Home Remedies For Dust Allergy November 5, 2018

Whether it is the pollen in spring or the dust around your house in winter, each season brings along its set of allergy triggers. And, with every change of season, you may be greeted by bouts of uncontrollable sneezing and coughing. So, what can you do to tackle this problem? Read on for some amazing home remedies for dust allergy.

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What Causes Dust Allergy?

Dust mites are the main culprits behind dust allergy. Listed below are a few other causes:

  • Cockroaches – There are tiny components present on cockroaches that can cause dust allergy in some individuals when inhaled. These tiny particles often combine with household dust to cause allergy.
  • Mold – Mold is a kind of fungus that has spores that are capable of floating in the air. These spores can also cause dust allergy.
  • Yeast – Yeast is a cousin of mold, and you can have an overgrowth of yeast called Candida albicans in your intestines due to overuse of antibiotics. Yeast can also colonize your nasal mucus membranes and sinuses, making them irritated and you susceptible to dust allergies.
  • Pollen – Pollen is a normal part of trees, flowers, and even grasses. Different people may be allergic to different types of pollen.
  • Animal hair, fur, and feathers – Pets are another cause of dust allergy. Their skin flakes (called dander), urine or even saliva are potential allergens, especially when combined with dust.

Dust allergy is often accompanied by non-stop sneezing and cold-like symptoms. The signs and symptoms are discussed below.

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What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Dust Allergy?

The most common symptoms of dust allergy are:

  • A runny nose
  • Sneezing and sniffling
  • Itchy and red eyes
  • Itching
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest

While it is difficult to get rid of dust mites altogether, you can try some easy home remedies that will help you tackle the allergens effectively. Listed below are a few home remedies for dust allergy.

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How To Cure Dust Allergy Naturally

  1. Essential Oils
  2. Local Honey
  3. Humidifier
  4. Air Filter
  5. Apple Cider Vinegar
  6. Turmeric
  7. Aloe Vera
  8. Neti Pot
  9. Vitamins
  10. Peppermint Tea
  11. Nettle Leaf
  12. Green Tea
  13. Ghee
  14. Wasabi
  15. Homeopathic Remedies
  16. Houseplants

Home Remedies For Dust Allergy

1. Essential Oils

a. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

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You Will Need

3-4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

What You Have To Do

Add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a diffuser and inhale its vapors.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 1 to 2 times daily.

Why This Works

The soothing and anti-inflammatory properties of eucalyptus oil make it effective in treating allergies and congestion (1). These therapeutic properties are mainly due to the presence of eucalyptol in the oil.

b. Lavender Essential Oil

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You Will Need

2-3 drops of lavender essential oil

What You Have To Do

Put a few drops of lavender oil in your diffuser and inhale its vapors.

How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once daily.

Why This Works

Lavender oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and can be used to treat respiratory disorders like dust allergy (2), (3). It can also help you sleep better with its sedative nature (4), .

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2. Local Honey

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You Will Need

2 teaspoons of raw honey

What You Have To Do

Consume two teaspoons of raw honey.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice daily.

Why This Works

Local and raw honey often contains small amounts of ocal pollen, which is believed to help with dust allergies. This is mainly useful for those suffering from seasonal allergies as regular consumption of small amounts of pollen via raw honey may make an individual less sensitive to it over time (5), (6).

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3. Dehumidifier

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Dehumidifiers are devices that pull moisture out of the air, drying it out, thereby keeping mold triggers at bay (7). Dust allergy is often caused by dust mites plus molds, both of which thrive in humid conditions. Hence, a dehumidifier is your best bet to relieve dust allergy and its symptoms effectively (8).

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4. Air Filter

Air filters also play a major role in filtering and purifying the air around you. Studies show how these filters, especially those available today with advanced technologies, can improve indoor air quality (9). The finer the sieve of the filter, the smaller the particles it can trap. Using air filters can also help ease allergic respiratory diseases (10).

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5. Apple Cider Vinegar

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You Will Need

  • 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 glass of warm water
  • Honey (optional)

What You Have To Do

  1. Add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and mix well.
  2. You can also add a little honey for flavor.
  3. Consume this solution.

How Often You Should Do This

You must drink this solution 2 to 3 times daily.

Why This Works

The anti-inflammatory properties of apple cider vinegar, along with its expectorant nature, are quite helpful in treating dust allergy and the accompanying cold-like symptoms. ACV also has antimicrobial properties that can prevent the aggravation of the allergy. It is a natural substitute for the store-bought antihistamines used for treating dust allergies (11).

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[ Read: 28 Amazing Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar ]

6. Turmeric

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You Will Need

  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 cup of milk
  • A pinch of pepper
  • Honey (optional)

What You Have To Do

  1. Add half a teaspoon of turmeric to a cup of milk.
  2. Bring this just short of boiling in a saucepan. The boiled milk will curdle.
  3. Add honey and allow the milk to cool.
  4. Drink this mixture.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this at least twice daily.

Why This Works

This golden spice is one of the best natural remedies for treating dust allergy. Turmeric contains an active constituent called curcumin that acts as a natural decongestant. It also acts as a natural antihistamine, i.e., it reduces the release of histamines in the body, which can otherwise trigger allergy (12). Additionally, turmeric also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can prevent your allergy from turning into an infection (13).

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7. Aloe Vera

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You Will Need

1/4 cup of aloe vera juice

What You Have To Do

Drink one-fourth cup of aloe vera juice.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice daily to get relief from dust allergy.

Why This Works

Aloe vera has natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that can help treat the swelling and pain caused by dust allergies (14), (15).

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8. Neti Pot

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You Will Need

  • A neti pot
  • Salt water

What You Have To Do

  1. Fill your neti pot with salt water. The ratio is ½ to 1 teaspoon of salt to two cups of warm water. Adding ¼ teaspoon of baking soda per cup can keep the salt from drying the mucus membranes.
  2. Bend over a wash basin with one ear parallel to the sink and insert the neti pot spout into one nostril. Pour half the solution into one nostril.
  3. The salt water will automatically flow from the other nostril.
  4. Insert the spout in the other nostril and repeat the process.

How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 2 to 3 times daily.

Why This Works

Saline sprays are an age-old method to relieve symptoms of nasal congestion and irritation. A neti pot not only rinses trapped dust and mold, but also reduces congestion and helps control the inflammation and swelling caused due to the dust allergy (16), (17).

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9. Vitamins

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Vitamin C, in particular, is widely known for its amazing antioxidant potential. When it comes to dealing with dust and seasonal allergies, vitamin C supplementation has phenomenal effects in treating them (18), (19). This is because it not only prevents the release of histamines but also helps speed up their breakdown. An increase in the levels of histamines is known to cause extreme allergic reactions.

A diet rich in citrus fruits and leafy green vegetables will undoubtedly increase your daily intake of vitamin C. You can also opt for additional supplements at a moderate dosage of 500 mg to 1,000 mg per day.

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10. Peppermint Tea

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Add a teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves to a cup of hot water and allow it to steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain the tea and allow it cool a bit.
  3. Add honey
  4.  Drink up

How Often You Should Do This

You can drink peppermint tea thrice daily.

Why This Works

Peppermint is quite effective in treating dust allergy with its anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties (20). It contains a volatile oil called menthol that rises to the sinuses and acts as a natural decongestant, providing immediate relief from sneezing, wheezing, and a runny nose (21).

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[ Read: 22 Best Benefits Of Peppermint Tea ]

11. Nettle Leaf Tea

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of dried nettle leaves
  • 1 cup of water
  • Honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Boil a teaspoon of dried nettle leaves with a cup of water in a saucepan.
  2. Simmer for 5 minutes and strain the tea.
  3. Allow it to cool for some time. Add a little honey and consume it.

How Often You Should Do This

You can drink nettle tea 2 to 3 times daily.

Why This Works

Nettle leaves are derived from the stinging nettle plant. This plant has natural anti-histamine properties that reduce the release of the allergy-causing histamines within your body (22). This, in turn, reduces the symptoms of dust allergy. The anti-inflammatory properties of this plant help reduce the inflammation and swelling of the airways that occurs as a result of the allergy (23). It’s been a go-to solution for dust allergies for decades.

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12. Green Tea

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You Will Need

  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Steep a green tea bag in a cup of hot water for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Make sure that your tea has cooled a little before adding some honey as required.
  3. Consume it.

How Often You Should Do This

You must drink green tea 3 to 4 times daily.

Why This Works

Green tea is an amazing remedy for various ailments and, of late, it has been found to help treat a wide range of allergies. Green tea is abundant in a catechin called Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has antioxidant properties and helps treat dust allergy and its symptoms (24), (23).

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[ Read: 20 Benefits Of Green Tea You Should Know About ]

13. Ghee

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You Will Need

  • 1/4 teaspoon of ghee
  • Jaggery (cane sugar), optional

What You Have To Do

  1. If you are sneezing uncontrollably due to an allergy, suck on one-fourth teaspoon of ghee for immediate relief.
  2. You can also mix ghee with a little jaggery for better results.

How Often You Should Do This

You can consume this whenever you get sudden allergy attacks.

Why This Works

Pure ghee can help warm your nasal passage and relieve constant sneezing. Hence, it is widely used in treating dust allergy and its symptoms. This is mainly due to its anti-inflammatory properties (26).

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14. Wasabi

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You Will Need

1/4 teaspoon of grated wasabi

What You Have To Do

  1. Consume grated wasabi whenever you experience allergy symptoms.
  2. Alternatively, if you also consume wasabi paste.

How Often You Should Do This

You must do this whenever you experience an allergy attack.

Why This Works

Wasabi is also known as Japanese horseradish. It contains a compound called allyl isothiocyanate, which acts as a decongestant and stimulates mucus flow, thereby helping to ease the symptoms of dust allergy. You can also consume the common horseradish if you are unable to get hold of wasabi (27).

Note: Wasabi is very strong – just start with an amount the size of a pearl.

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15. Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathy has developed many remedies for allergies. The top five are Arsenic alb, Sulphur, Natrum mur, Sabadilla, and Allium cepa. There are also combination homeopathic remedies. Your health care provider must help.

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16. House Plants

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You might also consider keeping a few allergy-friendly plants inside your home to combat dust allergy. Plants like dracaena can be quite useful in trapping allergens in its leaves. Other plants like bamboo and lady palm help keep insects at bay and also act as great air purifiers and air filters (28), (29).

In addition to these remedies, you can also follow the tips mentioned below to reduce your exposure to indoor dust.

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Preventive Tips

  • Get rid of wall to wall carpeting, especially in your bedroom.
  • Try and keep your pets outside the bedroom and, if possible, outside your house.
  • Keep your indoors humidity-free.
  • Use mite-proof linens on your beds and pillows.
  • Use a high-efficiency filter in your air conditioning unit.
  • If your house is invaded by cockroaches, schedule regular visits by the pest control services.
  • Keep your house clean and dust-free. You can use a central vacuum or vacuum with a HEPA filter for this purpose.

Nobody likes to suffer from dust allergy, given its tiresome and irritating symptoms. Hence, it is better to keep your indoors dust-free. Now that you know how to tackle and get rid of dust allergy naturally, do share your experience in the comments section below.

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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How to stop sneezing due to dust allergy?

If you cannot stop sneezing due to a dust allergy, the first thing you need to do is get rid of or avoid whatever is causing it. You can also change your furnaces, avoid keeping pets indoors, wash all the linens, and vacuum and keep your indoors dust-free to avoid sneezing from dust allergy. Try an experiment. Stay away from your house for a few days. If your allergies clear and then come back when you return to your house, then you know something has to be done!

What is the best allergy medicine for dust?

Your doctor might prescribe antihistamines and nasal corticosteroids to combat the allergy. However, certain studies have found that though antihistamines can help lessen allergy symptoms, they worsen the next attack. Corticosteroids make your mucus membranes thinner and make things worse in the long run. Hence, it is better to opt for a natural remedy to treat dust allergy.

Can you kill dust mites with Lysol?

Yes, Lysol stands true to its claims and can kill all the germs in your house, including dust mites. This is due to its disinfectant properties. Lysol is also quite helpful in killing other dust allergy-causing particles like molds and mildew.

What can I be allergic to in my house?

As discussed before, you can be allergic to a lot of particles like dust mites, cockroaches, pollen, or even molds. Some individuals may also be allergic to animal hair, fur, or feathers and must avoid keeping pets.

What are seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergies, also called seasonal allergic rhinitis, are mostly known as hay fever. When the immune system of an individual overreacts to an allergen, it leads to hay fever. The most common cause of such an allergic reaction is the pollen from weeds and trees. Although it is possible to experience seasonal allergies all year round, the condition is notably less prevalent during winters.

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