Practical Advice on Managing Dust Mite Allergies

managing dust mitesMost of us are allergic to dust mites and do not even know it. Strange, is it not? They are so tiny and so despicable-looking living right under our noses causing us to sneeze uncontrollably and allow our noses to run like waterfalls. People that suffer from these types of allergies also show signs of other problems like difficulty breathing, asthma and wheezing.

These little monsters are close relatives of spiders yet they cannot be seen unless you have them under a microscope. They feed on their own fecal matter, human skin and they live in any warm place they can get their legs on. Beds and carpets are the most ideal place for dust mites to thrive. If you take the necessary steps to rid yourself of the dust mite infestation or population that you may have, you should see a vast difference in your allergy symptoms. There are also medicines and other treatments that are available for trial if oral medications do not suit you.

Signs and Symptoms:

Knowing what is wrong and why is half the battle and if you are lying in bed and you begin to have a sneezing fit, then there is a great chance that you have a dust mite allergy. If you experience any symptoms like a runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes, coughing, or watery eyes then there is a great chance you are infested with dust mites. Your mattress should be changed every eight years and your linens should be washed in hot water every week.

Performing these actions will cut down on any type of dust mite infestation. If you also experience symptoms like swollen areas under your eyes that have a bluish tint or facial pain, it is best that you seek medical attention right away.

There could be a chance that your dust mite allergy causes you to have an asthma attack and if that is the case then the symptoms would be chest pain or tightness, problems breathing, wheezing, insomnia and possibly the flu. This type of allergy can be very mild but can also become very severe if left untreated.

How to Possibly Fix the Problem

– Make sure you use bed covers that are allergen-proof. If you cover your entire bed (mattress and pillows) with these materials, it will help block dust mites from growing and multiplying.

– Wash your bedding every single week, in hot water, no questions asked. This will kill all the living mites and rid your material of the dead mites also.

– When you buy your bedding, make sure you buy the right kind. Do not buy any bedcovers that will trap dust or that could be hard to keep clean.

– Always try to keep the humidity low in the room. If you can keep it around 35-40% then you should not have to worry about dust mite populations growing out of hand.

– If you have children or you just like to collect stuffed toys, make sure you buy the stuffed animals that can be washed in hot water and dried.

– Vacuum regularly.

– Try not to live in a cluttered house or room.