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Dust Mites - Guests which bring allergies to homes

House dust mites are the tiny bugs which remain as a guest in human habitation. Primarily dust mites feed on flakes of dead skin cells which are regularly shed by humans and animal pets. They are usually harmless to the most of the people, but their waste products, faces, are the major cause of asthma and other allergic reactions worldwide. Below we are discussing where does dust mites remain present in our homes, what are the symptoms of allergies and how can these allergies be prevented and related information.

Where do dust mites remain in our home?

Dust mites are those microscopic creatures which live, thrive, and breed in the micro- habitats like our mattresses, sheets, pillows, soft furnishings, blankets, draperies, stuffed toys, and carpets even. Average human skin sheds almost 10 grams of dead cells, which gives a suitable environment as a feed to dust mites, also prefer to remain in warm, moist surrounding, so mattress is the most favorite place to grow when we lie on it.

What are the symptoms of dust mites’ allergy?

Depending on the person and exposure, reactions can range from itchy eyes to asthmatic attacks. You may experience short term, mild symptoms like:

  • Itchy and rash on skin.
  • Sneezing with running nose.
  • Stuffy nasal cavities.
  • Wheezing.
  • Tightness in chest.
  • Headaches.
  • Hoarse voice.
  • Dry cough.
  • Lethargic feeling.
  • Puffy, swollen eyelids with watery eyes.

Dust mites allergies can also lead to long-term symptoms, which ultimately can result in permanent illnesses such as

  • Asthmatic attacks.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Eczema.
  • Dermatitis.

In case of presence of any of the above symptoms, it is recommended to undergo a few skin tests and blood tests for the confirmation of a suspected allergy.

How to prevent dust mites allergies?

  • Dust control is the major precaution to prevent any sort of such allergies because dust control will reduce concentration of those allergens and the medium to transport them.
  • The most preventive measure is to cover the mattress with the plastic cover. Put an airtight plastic cover over the mattress to prevent dust mites to thrive there.
  • Wash the bed sheets, pillows and blankets in the hot water almost 130 degrees hot at least every two weeks or you can also cover them with mite- proof covers. Even if you are traveling try to carry mite-proof pillow and blanket cover because hotel facilities might not be that hygienic.
  • Fathered material is another major source of dust mites so try to replace feather filled pillows with synthetic fillings. Do not forget to replace woolen blankets with nylon ones and wash stuff toys of your children regularly.
  • Your bedroom should have flooring of hardwood or tile instead of getting it carpeted because dust mites grow rapidly in the carpet; otherwise vacuum your carpets every week. All people are living with dust mites throughout life but will consider them only in case if they get allergy to them. Their complete removal is not possible, but we can reduce them to a reasonable level to avoid such allergies by following above discussed steps.


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