Why does the cough occur with a house dust allergy?

If you suffer from a house dust allergy, this is accompanied by a few symptoms. Watery eyes, a runny nose and impairment of the airways are the result. At first glance , the symptoms are similar to those of a common cold. But unlike an infection, the symptoms do not subside, but can even increase.

The cough is particularly dangerous. If this is left untreated, it can develop into allergic asthma. If the coughing bothers you while sleeping and you want to protect your airways, various measures must be taken. Find out why the cough develops and how to deal with it.

As an allergy sufferer, you do not react directly to the mites, but their droppings . The mite excretions contain a protein that is misinterpreted by the immune system. If you come into contact with the allergen, your immune system overreacts and wants to eliminate it from the body under all circumstances.

In order to protect itself, the body reacts to the allergens with a cough. First of all, the upper respiratory tract is particularly affected In the morning, after you came into particularly strong contact with the mite excrement during the night, the cough becomes particularly strong. Minor seizures can result.

House dust allergy generally affects the bronchi . In addition to the cases of coughing, whistling or wheezing breathing sounds can also be heard. These often persist throughout the day and get worse when the airways are stressed. As a result, it is hardly possible for those affected to do sports and acute shortness of breath could occur.

Often the allergic cough is not limited to the upper respiratory tract. If it also stresses the lower respiratory tract, it is referred to as a change of floor . This change of floor describes the allergic cough . This manifests itself in stronger symptoms, up to violent coughing attacks and the feeling as if you could no longer breathe.

In addition to house dust mites, other allergens can also be responsible for this form of asthma . These include, for example:

Mold spores
Animal hair

The sleep and quality of life suffer significantly under this cough. The immune system is weakened and respiratory infections are more common in children.


The symptoms of a house dust allergy can easily be mistaken for a cold. Nevertheless, there are some differences in the symptoms and the causes that allow a clear distinction. If you suspect you have a house dust allergy, then you should consider the following points.


Mites and their droppings are piled up in bed. Mites feel particularly comfortable in the mattress and pillow . Due to the secreted sweat and the flakes of skin , the little animals find perfect living conditions in the bedroom. The mites multiply in warm, humid environments and are a nuisance for allergy sufferers.

Due to the close contact, the symptoms for house dust allergy sufferers are strongest at night and in the morning. It is harder to breathe at night and when you get up you may have a cough to cough up the allergens from your airways.


The cough does not go away after a short period, but occurs throughout the year. Differences only exist due to the respective room atmosphere. The dry heating air irritates the airways in winter and leads to stronger coughing. The summer with higher humidity in the bedroom can also make the cough worse.

Do you think you mainly in the apartment on the cough increases. If you spend the day outdoors, on the other hand , the cough will decrease and your airways will benefit from it.


While the cough is a useful protective reaction in the case of a common cold in order to get the viruses out of the body, this is not the case with an allergic cough. There is no mucus formation and is usually a dry, irritating cough.

There is no expectoration when coughing. Nevertheless, the immune system tries to get rid of the allergens with the dry cough and reacts in this misguided way.


You shouldn’t ignore the cough under any circumstances. Even if this is easy for you to bear, the dangers of changing floors and the occurrence of lifelong asthma are real. So follow these tips to better manage your coughs and protect your airways.


The first basic rule for those allergic to house dust should be that contact with the allergens is avoided. For this, it makes sense if you fall back on special interim covers. These are also described as encasings and consist of a dense material that is impermeable to mites and allergens. With this intermediate cover you equip both the mattress and your duvet as well as the pillow. This will reduce the strain enormously and the cough will decrease.


As a further measure, it is advisable to set up the bedroom in such a way that dust mites can no longer find a habitat there. Avoid carpets and cuddly toys in your child’s bed. It is better to use natural wood materials in which the mites cannot find a place to nestle there. Ventilate regularly and keep the dust exposure low in order to come into less contact with the allergens. Use special mite vacuums to hold back the mite droppings.


If the coughing fits are so strong that they significantly impair your daily routine and you can hardly rest at night, it is necessary to take medication. Various nasal sprays or tablets are available for this, which suppress the allergic reaction.

In the long term, you should talk to your doctor about desensitization if the cough does not decrease. The long-term use of the drugs is not recommended because they involve side effects.


If you are also one of those who suffer from a house dust allergy, the cough will be a constant companion. The stimulus is stronger , especially at night and in the morning , as you are more closely exposed to allergens.

Use encasings and bed linen for allergy sufferers in order to be less in contact with the allergens. This should eliminate the cough as much as possible and reduce the typical symptoms of a house dust allergy. If there is hardly any improvement, then discuss with your doctor how you can get the cough under control.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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