Dust Mites and Allergies: Understanding The Connection

Dust mites are not necessarily an indicator of a dirty home. That’s a common misconception, but the fact is these microscopic bugs do not show up as a result of excess dust and dirt in a home, rather they are regular contributors to such dust. They are drawn to places where humans are because they feed off of the skin we regularly shed and once they move in they can trigger allergic reactions.

The average adult sheds about 1.5 grams of skin a day. That’s a biological fact and one that we can’t do anything to control. Shedding and replacing skin is a natural process that is necessary to provide protection for the vital organs. So how does this help answer the question what are dust mites and how do you get them out of your home?

As previously stated, dust mites are microscopic bugs that feed off the flakes of skin shed by humans. As a result, they tend to congregate in places where the feeding is the best. More often than not, that means your bed, as the mattress, box spring and pillows are all rich sources of dead skin. Gross but true.

As the mites congregate, they leave behind a large amount of waste. This waste makes up a great percentage of the dust you commonly find around your home. It is also what triggers common allergic reactions, including runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing and wheezing.

So what are dust mites? The simple answer is a tiny nuisance that can become a very big problem but what you really need to know is how to keep them from becoming an issue.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to help prevent allergic reactions caused by dust mites. It will be nearly impossible to remove all the mites from your home, because they are impossible to see with the naked eye and because they don’t live on the surface of furniture, but rather deep inside where it is difficult to get to them.

Good news is you can block them from getting in your mattress or to you with allergy bedding covers. These zippered covers provide an extra layer of protection for mattresses, box springs and pillows. They are made from fabric with pores that are too small for the mites to get through. (8-10 microns) Some covers include a special urethane membrane to block allergens. These type of covers are also water proof and bed bug proof.

For fabric surfaces that you can’t cover, such as carpets, chairs, couches and drapes, you can use sprays such as Allersearch ADMS or X-Mite carpet treatment. These products are specifically designed to guard fabrics against infestation by dust mites. By using products like these, you can help to cut down on the dust mite population in your home and reduce allergy symptoms drastically.

Don’t assume that dust mites are the result of a dirty home, that’s far from the truth. You can’t easily avoid them no matter how clean you are, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with their effects. Use the right allergy control products and keep your environment allergen free!

Wishing you the best of health


Last Updated 2/3/2012



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