Prevent Allergy Dust Mites And Eliminate Your Allergies
Allergy dust mites are microscopic beings that primarily live on dead skin cells of humans and animals. They tend to thrive in warm temperatures and humid environments, and can multiply rapidly in a matter of weeks. Generally, dust mites are harmless, but some people experience allergic reactions to the excreta of these mites, thus the term allergy dust mites.
Dust mites are present all year round but the months of autumn and winter are the peak times where their presence can cause significant problems. During these months, concentration of dust mites increases in our homes, specifically on our beddings, carpet, and household furniture.
As we shut our doors to the cold outside, and increase the temperature of the air in the home in order for us to feel warm and comfortable, dust mites also get a field day and begin to reproduce very rapidly in this high temperature and high humidity atmosphere.
The trouble really begins when we carry simple daily chores such as vacuuming the carpet, cleaning or changing our bed linens. This stirs up dust mite allergens as their feces become airborne. When some people inhale these airborne dust mite feces, their immune system produces an inflammatory response in their nasal passages or lungs, causing allergic reaction. If you suspect you might have dust mite allergy, visit your doctor for a skin and blood test to confirm it.
Symptoms of Allergies Due To Dust Mites
Reaction to dust mites causes an inflammation of the nasal passage and creates irritation and discomfort in sufferers. Depending on the strength of your immune system, a dust mite allergy can affect you mildly or severely. In a mild reaction there is an occasional runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing, but on the more severe end, chronic and persistent sneezing, cough, nasal congestion and even asthma can be experienced. The following are some of the typical symptoms of dust mite allergies.
*Sneezing, runny nose and cough
*Itchy nose, red or watery eyes
*Pain and pressure on the face
*Swollen and puffy eyes
*Tightness in the chest, wheezing, and difficulty breathing
Controlling Allergy Dust Mites
*Use air purifiers to reduce the dust levels in the air. Air purifiers that use HEPA filtration are more effective and safe to use. An air purifier can be attached to the central air conditioner to decrease irritants. HEPA filters remove up to 99 percent of all types of allergens.
*Air filters for the furnace and air conditioner should be cleaned at least once a month and regular replacement cannot be emphasized enough. Replace your bed linen and blankets with synthetic fabrics. Dust mites cannot thrive in nylon fabrics.
*Allergy dust mites need warm and humid atmospheres to rapidly reproduce. Reducing the temperature and humidity levels in your home to below 70 Fahrenheit and 50% humidity will get rid of them. Homes that are cool and dry have very little dust mites. Use a dehumidifier to control excess moisture in the home.
*If you one of those people who absolutely must make their bed in mornings, resist the habit. Instead air out the bed. Studies show that when the sheets are exposed to the air and allowed to dry out, the numbers of dust mites are substantially reduce.
*Be sure to change pillowcases, sheets, and blankets, every week, and vacuum the bed base and around the covered mattress.
*Wash your sheets, comforters, mattress pad and blankets at least every two weeks, and make sure that the water temperature is high enough to kill all allergy dust mites.
*If your home is carpeted, be sure to vacuum it every week. Dust mites hide in carpets and thrive there because of the warm fuzzy feel. Consider replacing carpet in your home with wood or vinyl flooring if you can afford it.
*Do not use dry cloth to remove dust because it tends to stir up the dust mite allergens. A damp cloth is most effective in mopping mites up.
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