Our ACN Survey on triggers for tics, completed by close to 1800 people, ranked dust among the top 20 offenders. It may often be just one of many factors affecting the allergic load on the body, and difficult to detect without a dramatic exposure such as Mark’s, since exposure to dust is so common. In other words, if exposed to a low level of dust on a regular basis, one might never know that it was aggravating symptoms because it could be one of several subtle factors.
Brain fog from dust exposure?
Many have complained that dust flares up their typical allergies, causing anything from sneezing to coughing, difficulty breathing, and/or difficulty concentrating. If you are dealing with foggy thinking, keep in mind that any number of environmental issues may be playing a role. Foods, infection, lack of needed nutrients, mold and other allergic factors — even dust.
This discussion from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology offers recommendations on reducing dust exposure. For severely allergic individuals, a central vacuum system is costly but desirable. An environmental physician can often successfully treat dust allergy.