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From One Dust Mite Allergy Sufferer to Another

house dust miteIf you’re like me, you suffer from a number of allergies: grass, trees, pollen, pet dander (Ed: I presume this is an American-ism for pet hair/fur), mould and mildew, and yes, those ugly microscopic varmints, dust mites.

Of all the allergens, the most problematic are the dust mites . . . how do you avoid them . . . they’re everywhere . . . all year long. Is there one room in your home that is completely dust mite free? Okay, be honest. I know there isn’t one in my home. And, yes I do vacuum and dust regularly.

Dust mites are not the only pests found in bedsSo, why is the dust mite such a trouble maker? Well, dust mites are hardy critters and they have a never-ending source of food . . . us. Yes, dust mites feed off of our dead skin and that of animals. That’s why your bed is the largest source of dust mites and their droppings, which is what we are actually allergic to. And, dust mites are year round which is why our allergy symptoms can seem never-ending.

Some Dust Mite Allergy Symptoms:

  • Stuffy nose and ears
  • Runny nose and sneezing
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Asthma
  • Eczema

As you notice, the symptoms range from allergic rhinitis to contact allergy symptoms. The reason for this is because whether you’re lying in bed, perched on your upholstered chair, or sitting on your carpeted floor, you are in contact range of dust mites.

An easy test: Do your symptoms appear worse at night and when you wake in the morning . . . and they ease when you’re outside? Then, most probably dust mites are the culprit.

Doctor's orders...Another, more accurate, way to determine the actual cause of your allergy symptoms is to see an allergist and get tested. This would probably be the best course of action. Your doctor can also prescribe allergy medications to help reduce the severity of your symptoms and possibly even eliminate them entirely. If medication doesn’t quite cut it, he may also suggest you get allergy shots.

In the meantime, here are some steps you can take today to reduce your exposure to dust mite allergens:

  1. Enclose your mattress, box spring and other bedding that can’t be washed in very hot water in allergen-proof covers.
  2. Wash sheets, pillow cases, and other bedding in hot water of at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit. This will kill the dust mites and eliminate their allergen.
  3. Use an air conditioner in the summer and dehumidifier the rest of the time to reduce the amount of humidity in the indoor air. Use HEPA filters – HEPA is an acronym for “high efficiency particulate air”. There are a couple of different categories of HEPA filters to choose from.
  4. Replace carpeting with vinyl, wood or tiled flooring.
  5. Cover air vents with cheesecloth/fine muslin to reduce dust being blown into the air.
  6. Use a vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA filter. It can trap a large amount of very small particles that other vacuum cleaners would simply recirculate back into the air of your home.

Allen BarsanoAllergy Be Gone is a family company owned and managed by an allergy sufferer. The founders, Marc and Allen Barsano, have always been concerned with helping people who suffer from allergies. For this reason, Marc and Allen are dedicated to providing useful and regularly updated allergy avoidance information and their blog is updated daily.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted June 30, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Pet dander is the skin flakes. To be technical, the hair itself rarely causes an allergic reaction. The skin flakes is a more significant allergen.

    Animal Fur can attract pollen, if you are allergic, you may want to clean the pet after he has been outside on a high pollen day.

  2. Posted July 7, 2010 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    Interesting article. I would like to know more about cockroach allergies. The information I managed to find so far is a bit fuzzy, so if you could indicate some good sources of information and studies on cockroach allergens and allergies, I would be really grateful.

    Thanks again for the nice and interesting article.

  3. Ray
    Posted November 8, 2010 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    I am suffering from chronic eczema due to these evils, the dustmites…my life has become hell. I can’t sleep at nights due to severe itching and when i scratch my skin starts bleeding and gets scarred. my body looks horrible. its affecting my marraige as well. i can’t sleep with my hubby on the same bed as i scratch and he gets disturbed. due to 24/7 itchy and scaly skin and sleepless nights i get cranky..then i fall into depression, i cry and nothing happens..i have been to 7 doctors..they just say oh you are allergic to dustmite…keep washing your sheets..God damn it, is that all?? are there any allergy shots for this or any sort of vaccination for this???? im desperate to know that!!!

    • Posted February 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

      It seems only recently that more people are becoming aware of the damage to one’s health that can be brought on by the varying irritants in dust. I’ve been studying about this for several years due to my own allergies and have recently started a blog at allergyasthmaattack.blogspot.com. It includes many natural treatments that have allowed me to greatly reduce my symptoms without medication. I urge those of you suffering to check it out and try some of the remedies for yourself.

  4. natural remedies
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    I could research this all day!! I hope you’ve got an RSS feed I am able to subscribe to. I have recently been looking everywhere on the internet to obtain articles on the subject of allergens.

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