A mysterious microscopic creature that lives in your mattress, living room furniture, carpet and pillows. It consumes your dead skin cells for survival and can make your House Dust Allergy symptoms worse.
Patients who have been tested for House Dust allergies are typically tested for House Dust Mites as well. Although the Dust Mite itself is not the cause of the allergy it does produce the cause of the allergic conditions by leaving behind its fecal matter. Dust Mites do not bite or live on human skin they are simply a product of the House Dust so many homes commonly have.
Ways to lessen the effects of House Dust and Dust Mites can be simple everyday changes.
- Purchase a mattress cover that covers your mattress and box spring, there are many types, look for one that is durable and states Hypo-Allergenic on the tag. This will create an allergy barrier and allows you to wipe clean any Dust Mites that may form. Make a habit of wiping the cover each time you change your bedding.
- Vacuum your carpet, mattress, upholstered furniture, and even your drapes often. Lessening the amount of House Dust will lessen the amount of House Dust Mites.
- Dust wood, glass and metal surfaces using a vacuum or wet dust method.
- If you find that your home has an increase in humidity purchase a dehumidifier. Dust Mites like warm humid environments so take away some of their comfort level.
- Try to keep rooms such as bedrooms, and living/family rooms cooler, especially in the summer months. Again, this takes away some of living conditions that Dust Mites thrive in.
- HEPA filters and central air systems can also help reduce the re-cycling of air with dust, which causes Dust Mites in the first place.
- If you have pets that live in doors make sure to bath them regularly to remove any dead skin, pollens, and dust that will collect on their fur and scalp.
- Finally shower each night prior to bed. This will remove dead skin cells from the scalp and body, taking away Dust Mites food source.
If you suffer from House Dust and House Dust Mite Allergies seek medical advice from a trained, licensed medical professional. Use the steps provided above to limit the exposure to your allergens. If you would like to know