What is Dust Mite Allergy:
Dust mite allergy is an allergic reaction to tiny bugs that commonly live in house dust. Many people with dust mite allergy also experience signs of asthma, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing. Dust mites, close relatives of ticks and spiders, are too small to see without a microscope. Dust mites eat skin cells shed by people, and they thrive in warm, humid environments. These particles are found mostly in pillows, mattresses, carpeting and upholstered furniture. They float into the air when anyone vacuums, walks on a carpet or disturbs bedding, but settle out of the air soon after the disturbance is over.
High levels of exposure to dust mite are an important factor in the development of asthma in children. People who are allergic to dust mites react to proteins within the bodies and feces of the mites.
Dust Mite Allergy Symptoms:
Dust mite allergy symptoms caused by inflammation of nasal passages include:
* Runny nose
* Itchy, red or watery eyes
* Nasal congestion
* Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
* Postnasal drip
* Facial pressure and pain
* Swollen, blue-colored skin under your eyes
* In a child, frequent upward rubbing of the nose
Causes of Dust Mite Allergy:
Dust mite allergy is not caused due to the bites of dust mites. Our body gets allergies by the waste matter released by the dust mites, and the decayed bodies of dust mites, which is then inhaled by us.
Dust Mite Allergy Remedies:
* Cover your mattress and pillows in dust proof or allergen blocking covers. These covers, made of tightly woven fabric, prevent dust mites from colonizing or escaping from the mattress or pillows.
* Wash all sheets, blankets, pillowcases and bed covers in hot water that is at least 130 F (54.4 C) to kill dust mites and remove allergens.
* Avoid bed covers that trap dust easily and are difficult to clean frequently.
* Use a damp or oiled mop or rag rather than dry materials to clean up dust. This prevents dust from becoming airborne and resettling.
* If it collects dust, it also collects dust mites. Remove knickknacks, tabletop ornaments, books, magazines and newspapers from your bedroom.
* Carpeting provides a comfortable habitat for dust mites. This is especially true if carpeting is over concrete, which holds moisture easily and provides a humid environment for mites. If possible, replace wall-to-wall bedroom carpeting with tile, wood, linoleum or vinyl flooring. Consider replacing other dust-collecting furnishings in bedrooms, such upholstered furniture, non washable curtains and horizontal blinds.
* Buy washable stuffed toys. Wash them often in hot water and dry thoroughly. Also, keep stuffed toys off beds.