How are dust mite allergies diagnosed?

If your healthcare provider feels you might have a dust mite allergy, he or she may do the following tests to diagnose your condition:

Skin prick test: A small drop containing dust mite proteins is placed on your skin. If you are allergic, you will develop redness, swelling and itching at the test site within 15 minutes.

Specific IgE blood test: Your healthcare provider may order blood work that can be evaluated to determine if you have an allergy to dust mites.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/25/2018.


  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Dust Mite Allergy. Accessed 2/22/2018.
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Dust Mites. Accessed 2/22/2018.
  • American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Dust Allergy. Accessed 2/22/2018.

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