An Introduction to Dust Mites:
Dust mites feed on particles of dried skin and sweat. They are often found in things like bedding, carpets, and couch cushions - places where dust is the most abundant.
These microscopic pests are also among the most common causes of allergic reactions because their feces and saliva can cause an immune response in people with allergies to these substances.
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Can you feel dust mites crawling on skin?
No, I know that you think that you do, but you can't feel them crawling on you skin, they are far to small. These are microscopic pests that are often found in bedding, carpets, and other surfaces where dust accumulates. The problem is that they can also be found on our skin.
If you have ever experienced a hay fever or allergic rhinitis/hay fever attack you may have noticed a persistent itch and irritation on the surface of your skin - this is caused by the migration of these curious tiny creatures.
Our immune system identifies substances (called allergens) as potential threats and sends antibodies to destroy them. Some of these allergens can trigger an attack on our own body: this is known as "immunoglobulin E" allergy or "itchy eyes" (also called allergic conjunctivitis).
What are dust mites?
Dust mites are very small insects that can live on dust and other organic debris. These microscopic arthropods are estimated to be only 0.25 to 0.3 millimeters long. You see them under a microscope, and look like white spider like animals.
Where do dust mites live?
You are likely to find dust mites in your bed, on your mattress or pillows, and in soft toys. Dust mites are often found at the bottom of carpets and on soft furnishings. They like warm dark places, which is why they like to live under and around bed sheets.
Are dust mites dangerous?
Yes, they can be, as the high level of allergens they produce can cause a number of problems such as allergic rhinitis. The most common symptoms of allergic rhinitis include: runny nose or nasal congestion (especially when there is no cold or flu), sneezing and itching inside the nose.
A person with a strong immune system can tolerate higher concentrations of dust mites' allergens. However, a person with a weak immune system can experience allergic reactions from exposure to dust mites.
The symptoms of allergic rhinitis can range from mild discomfort to total blockage of airways and fever.
Dust mites contain proteins that are found in fecal material
Dust mites also produce proteins (called "allergens") that, in some people, can cause severe allergic reactions. These proteins are found in the feces and shed skin of dust mites. If a person inhales these allergens they can trigger an allergic reaction. This often results in an itchy feeling inside the nose or on the skin, watery eyes and sneezing.
Cleaning and disinfecting your bed/ room
There are several ways to get rid of dust mites, here are some
- Vacuum the mattress. Dust mites prefer a moist environment. Vacuuming your mattress will remove dust mites and their debris as well as any allergens they may be hiding in your blankets and pillows.
- If you are not going to vacuum the mattress, at least vacuum the floor of the room where you sleep, or bring in any heating mats/blankets into that room.
- Do not store your clothing in a closet that can be shut while you sleep.
- Remove pillows from your bed and wash them once a week to keep dust mite levels down. Use pillow cases at all times! If you do not have pillow cases, use plastic bags to cover the pillows while you are sleeping, zip tie the bag to the bedside for easy removal.
- If you are allergic to dust mites, it is best to wash your clothes in water heated up to at least 130°F. This will kill any living parasites and their eggs. It is also a good idea to wash your bedding more than once a week.
- Get rid of anything made of synthetic fabrics as they trap tiny particles from the air and therefore offer ideal breeding grounds for dust mites. A good alternative to bring in some natural fibers like wool or cotton into your home or bedroom.
- Don't put your bed sheets on the floor. Wash them frequently. If you are not going to wash them immediately, it is best to put them in plastic bags and zip tie the bag to your bedside so that they can be easily accessible when you need them.
- Use a good anti-allergy mattress cover made of plastic or hypoallergenic cotton to reduce your exposure to dust mites and their feces and saliva which cause allergens.
- Get a good quality air purifier and use it regularly in your bedroom.
- It would also be a good idea to open up your windows for an hour or so every day, but make sure you are not exposing yourself to harsh external conditions such as rain or pollutants when you are doing so.
An Air Purifier is a machine that balances your indoor air quality by removing unwanted particulate matter from the air. They are also known as Indoor air cleaners or air purifiers, They work by removing allergens such as dust particles, tobacco smoke, pet dander, mold spores and more from the air.
A dust mite allergy air purifier can be very useful in your bedroom as it will remove dust particles and allergens from the air. It will reduce the symptoms of allergies and improve your sleep.
In conclusion, dust mites can be a nuisance that attacks the lining of your eyes and nose. They can also cause allergic reactions and weaker immune systems may not be able to tolerate them.
Proper cleaning of mattresses, bed sheets and pillows is vital in avoiding any infection or disease. Sleeping in a clean sleeping environment will help you sleep better and wake up refreshed in the morning!
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