European Dust Mite (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus) Allergy Test
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About Our European Dust Mite (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus) Allergy Test
Note: Fasting is not required for this test.
This IgE antibody allergy test uses a blood sample to determine if you are allergic to European Dust Mites (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus).
There are two main types of house dust mites in North America: the American Dust Mite (Dermatophagoides farinae), and the European Dust Mite (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus).
Dust mites feed on dead skin and hair cells, and even though they are related to arachnids, they do not bite humans or animals. Typical allergic reactions come from exposure to an allergen located in the fecal matter of the mites, as well as their exoskeleton. Symptoms of dust mite allergies are similar to those of hay fever, and include sneezing, wheezing, and coughing. For many who have asthma, living in a home with dust mites can intensify asthma symptoms. Dust mites can also cause atopic eczema, resulting in an itchy skin rash.
Unlike other types of mites, house mites are not parasitic, and they do not burrow into the skin.
European and American dust mites prefer warm, humid environments. They tend to live in the bedding, upholstered furniture, carpet, and mattresses. A typical used mattress can have anywhere between 100,000 and 10 million dust mites in it. Pillows older than two years are said that at least 10% of their weight is due to dust mites and their feces.
Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus are the most widespread of house dust mites, and they can be found globally. D. pteronyssinus lays approximately 80-120 eggs over a 45-day period. Individuals who experience allergic reactions to D. pteronyssinus mites tend to also experience allergies to other mites in the Pyroglyphidae family.
Traditional allergy tests utilize the Skin Prick method (also known as a Puncture or Scratch test) to determine whether an allergic reaction will occur by inserting possible triggers into your skin using a needle prick. If you are allergic to the substance, you are forced to suffer through your body's reaction to the allergen. HealthLabs.com offers an easier, virtually pain-free blood test to determine the allergen status of substances without the irritation of traditional skin prick tests.
- No painful skin pricks
- No fasting necessary
- Accurate results within 1 to 3 days
Our quick blood test allows us to use your blood sample to test for allergic reactions externally, rather than causing unnecessary and painful reactions by introducing potential allergens to your system. Tests are administered in approximately 10 minutes or less at any of our 4,500+ nationwide locations. No appointments, no paperwork and no waiting are all part of what makes HealthLabs.com the best option for pain-free and hassle-free allergy testing.