Dust Mites – The Uninvited And Unwelcome Guests
Dust Mites are microscopic organisms that like warmth and humidity and they mainly live on dead skin cells. This makes our homes a perfect place for them and explains why they are so plentiful in every home so if you have this particular allergy, avoidance can be quite difficult.
Many people think they have a dust allergy or a dust mite allergy but it is not the Dust Mites themselves that are the allergens but the protein substances contained in their excrement. The proteins attack the respiratory passages causing Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma and can aggravate Atopic Dermatitis.
What Are The Symptoms Of Allergy To Dust Mites
- Allergic Rhinitis
- Watery Eyes
- Asthma, difficulty breathing
As Dust Mites are present all year round (unlike pollen), those sensitive to them will have symptoms all year round. The feces from the mites dries out and will get thrown into the air when someone shakes their bedding, sits on an upholstered chair or walks over the carpet and this will cause immediate symptoms to those with a dust mite allergy.
The best method to deal with all allergies is avoidance so it is very important for those with dust mite allergy symptoms to minimize their exposure to them in the home.
How To Reduce Dust Mites In The Home
- Use damp cloths to wipe surfaces (dry dusters will launch the Allergens in the air)
- Use a vortex vacuum cleaner with no bag and an air filter at least twice a week.
- Effective dust mite control includes washing bedding and clothing at a temperature of at least 60°C to kill the mites.
- Air the house every day as they hate cold or dry air and don’t use a humidifier as that will make the problem worse .
- When in situations where a lot of dust gets disturbed (e.g: when spring cleaning or cleaning out the garage), wear a dust mask.
- Choose furnishings that won’t harbor dust mites like a leather sofa, hardwood floor etc. and minimize dust collecting bric a brac.
- Invest in protective barriers for your mattress and pillows to prevent dust mites .