Easy Ways to Defeat Your Dust Mite Allergy

If you are an allergy sufferer, this post is for you. After reading this blog, you’ll understand: 

  • What causes dust mite allergies
  • How to eliminate dust mites

Most people have heard of dust mites, even if they don’t know much about them. If you have these pests in your home, you won’t see bite marks like bed bugs cause, as they are not parasites. These tiny bugs don’t bite or inflict physical harm on humans at all. The reason these little creatures are undesirable is due to the allergens they produce. 

What Are Dust Mites?

Dust mites are tiny pests that are invisible to the naked eye and can be seen only under a microscope. They aren’t technically even an insect, though they look like tiny, faceless cockroaches. These creatures that look like something from a sci-fi film feed on things that are plentiful in every home, like skin cells and pet dander in pillows, carpets, rugs, couches, and bedding. The presence of dust mites doesn’t mean you don’t have a clean house, as they are in virtually every home. 

How Do They Trigger Allergies?

Like how pet allergies aren’t caused by the pet, the mites themselves don’t actually trigger dust mite allergies. Instead, they shed a protein in their skin and waste that people react to. They build up on soft surfaces and can be released into the air when you walk on floor coverings, make your bed, fluff pillows, or even sit down hard onto a soft chair or couch. Essentially everything you do daily can and will stir up the waste from the dust mites, sending it into the air and your respiratory system.

‍What Are the Symptoms of Dust Mite Allergy?

If you have seasonal allergies, you know when to expect symptoms to begin and abate. Unfortunately, with dust mite allergies, there is no season. Not only do you get year-round allergic reactions, but they can also trigger asthma symptoms. Sufferers may notice more symptoms when lying in bed or on soft surfaces infested with dust mites. 

Dust mite allergies exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Asthma attacks
  • Coughing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing

How To Remove Dust Mites

The first step in removing dust mites is to get rid of things in your home that invite dust mites to move in and get comfortable. Making the environment inhospitable to their survival is key. However, you have to understand that it is virtually impossible to rid a home of all dust mites. Your goal should be to reduce the number of dust mites to create a healthier home. 

Steps you can take to minimize the occurrence of dust mites and reduce allergy symptoms include:

  • Clean bedding, including the mattress, more often.
  • Dust and vacuum frequently.
  • Remove carpeting and switch to hard surfaces, if possible.
  • Use a dehumidifier.
  • Invest in at least a MERV 8 pleated air filter.

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