Please help with DUST MITE ALLERGY! Waking up every night.

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   Posted 7/8/2015 2:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Roughly a month ago I was diagnosed with a terrible dust mite allergy. I went to buy an allergenic mattress cover and allergenic pillow cover. I washed my blankets and hung them in the sun, and I changed my bed sheets. I vacuumed my room with a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA system installed, and I close my windows at night.

I thought I removed most of if not all of the source of the allergies, but at night when I try to sleep, my nose becomes completely clogged up, and I have to rely on my mouth to breath. This puts too much pressure on my throat, and I become dehydrated very quickly. I have to wake up 3 times a night to take a drink of water so I can go back to sleep. Right now I'm sick of it, and really need help, because I don't know what I'm still being triggered.

I even tried taking nasal sprays and antihistamine tablets, but they don't work that much, and doesn't my sinuses when I try to sleep. I still end up waking up. Someone please tell me what I can do. This is terrible. What am I missing? It's bad enough that I can't use my nose anymore, but at least I'd like to have a good sleep!

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   Posted 7/8/2015 4:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried Breathe-rite strips? They are a miracle for me when my nose is being ugly. I wear one every night.
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   Posted 7/23/2015 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried the breathe-rite strips, didn't work all that much but did open up the nasal passages. I could breath a little better. Guess it depends on how bad you are.

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   Posted 7/24/2015 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you run a HEPA air filter at night? I run mine 24/7 in my bedroom to keep the dust particles out of the air (also the billion or so pollens that I'm allergic to :) Spending the entire night not breathing in allergens makes my allergies a lot better during the day when I'm out and about.

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   Posted 7/26/2015 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum.

I really like my allergy shots. I am sensitive to dust mites, among other allergens, and I have had no symptoms at all since I got on the shots (after getting my dose right). I no longer worry about cleaning all the time, and don't do anything special for dust. I have whole house carpet and don't even vacuum very often.
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