Suspect an Allergy? Dust Mites Could be To Blame

Suffer from hay fever all year round. Maybe you have an allergy. Dust mites could be responsible if symptoms persist during winter months. They live in soft furnishings such as bedding, settees, carpets and curtains.

Symptoms of an allergy to dust mites are similar to those of hay fever consisting of watery eyes and nose, sneezing, difficulties with breathing, headaches and itchy skin.

When considering which are the best air purifiers for asthma, it's important to understand which air problems can trigger an asthma attack so that you know exactly what you want to eliminate.

Prolonged exposure to dust mite dust can lead to the development of asthma

Do Dust Mites Bite?

The short answer is no. If something is biting you in the home, It isn't dust mites. Possible culprits are bedbugs, (not the same as dust mites), flies and fleas. Spiders and earwigs can also bite.

(more about mite bites)

Pictures of Dust Mites

Would you like to see some pictures of the adversary? I think they're fascinating, and there are videos of them moving about and feeding.

(pictures of dust mites)

Getting Rid of Dust Mites

Daily vacuuming of carpets and soft furnishings with a normal vacuum will pick up the dust mites themselves, but will not pick up the dust they make that causes the allergic reaction. For that, you need a bag-less vortex vacuum with a filter for allergens.

Do your house dusting with a wet cloth, (floors as well), and put the cloths in a washing cycle at over sixty degrees centigrade to kill the collected mites.

Probably the best way to eradicate dust mites is to invest in a good steam cleaner with an allergen filter. Steam at over 140 degrees F. (60 degrees C.) will kill dust mites and the filter will collect their droppings.

(more about getting rid of dust mites)

Dust Mites in Pillows

Pillows are arguably the most important items to treat for dust mites because of their proximity to our nasal passages. Every time you turn over, an invisible cloud of dust mite allergens gets breathed in.

Pillows can be washed at over sixty degrees centigrade and when dry can be put inside a soft plastic case and the normal pillow case used on top, (wash the cover once a week). Alternatively, a hypo-allergenic pillow case can be used.

(more about dust mites in pillows)

Dust Mite Mattress Cover

Mattresses are another problem. They're not washable usually and steam cleaning will only deal with dust mites near the surface. This space will soon be re-colonised by mites from deeper within the mattress. A good answer is to get a dust mite proof mattress cover.

Sheets will need washing at high temperature once a week, as will duvet covers. Hypo-allergenic dust mite duvet covers are available.

(more about dust mite mattress covers)