Do mites sting?
Mites do not sting. Dust mites are microscopic arthropods that feed mainly on dead skin. They are often responsible for allergic reactions in some sensitive people, but they do not bite.
Dust mites can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive people, causing symptoms such as sneezing, dry cough, allergic rhinitis, watery eyes, itchy skin, and even asthma. Dust mite allergens are found in cushions, mattresses, carpets, sheets, curtains and other places where dust can accumulate. People with dust mite allergies often need to avoid the areas where they live and keep their environment as clean as possible.
In addition to avoidance, the use of antihistamines, corticosteroids or even desensitization by an allergist can help allergy sufferers control their symptoms. Although dust mites do not sting, stings from insects such as bees, wasps, ticks and hymenoptera can cause allergic reactions.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include rash, hives, redness, swelling, itching, coughing, difficulty breathing, allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis, angioedema, and even anaphylactic shock, which is a severe allergic reaction that can be fatal. If you are susceptible to allergic reactions, it is important that you are aware of your surroundings and take appropriate steps to avoid possible triggers.
If you are allergic to insect bites, you should always carry epinephrine in case of an asthma attack or anaphylactic reaction. If you think you have a food allergy, an allergist can perform skin and blood tests to determine food allergens. People with allergies need to be aware of their environment and take precautions to avoid it. Consult an allergist for advice on how to control allergies.