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What Are Dust Mites?

The Director’s Desk

Denise Tindall, Executive Director – BreatheAmerica Shreveport  Our clinic takes a multidisciplinary approach to addressing airway issues.  We take pride in caring for our patients in a friendly and professional environment.  In addition to caring for patients on a daily basis, we also participate in clinical research in order to help find improved treatment options for our patients.  We are beginning a new study of individuals who are allergic to dust mites.

Dust mites are tiny, eight legged bugs that eat dead skin cells.  They can be found just about everywhere that people live, especially in bedding, carpets, and furniture.  Many people have an allergy to dust mites.  Symptoms can include sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, nasal stuffiness, runny nose, and stuffy ears.  Exposure to dust mites can also trigger asthma symptoms.

This study is carefully designed to test the safety and effectiveness of investigational immunotherapy treatment for dust mite allergy.  A common treatment for many allergies is allergy shots, also called immunotherapy.    This type of treatment is usually recommended for people with severe allergies.  However, this study is testing an investigational immunotherapy treatment for dust mite allergy, and does not use allergy shots. Instead, it will utilize an experimental tablet.

Dr Peter Boggs, medical director at BreatheAmerica Shreveport, and a research nurse work with eligible participants throughout the entire study.  Medical history and other criteria are reviewed during the first visit.

Individuals may be eligible to participate if the following criteria are met:

1.     Participants must be 12 years of age or older.

2.     Participants may have taken allergy medications for dust mite allergy symptoms during the past year.

For additional information please call 318-221-3584.