At least 12 million people in the UK and a similar percentage of 23% from all US citizens are now suffering from allergies caused by house dust mites. Contrary to many people thinking dust mite bites are what cause the problems, the allergies are actually thought to be brought on due to an over sensitive reaction to the dust mites excrement. Almost every home will be lived in by dust mites as they love living in areas that are humid and warm. Dust mites eat human skin to survive and hence any areas where humans spend a lot of time (such as beds and sofas) are likely to be covered in house dust mites.
Dust Mites Allergy Symptoms
The dust mites allergy symptoms do vary from person to person but generally include:
- Watery eyes
- Runny Nose
- Hay Fever
People who smoke or are around those who smoke are also likely to experience more severe levels of the dust mites allergy symptoms.
The symptoms described above are caused when the dust mites excretion dries out and comes in contact with human skin. When this happens, the body creates antibodies to protect the skin called histamines which lead to inflammations and irritation as well as breathing difficulties.
Dust Mites Allergy Relief
If you are allergic to dust mites the first thing your doctor may suggest is receiving a vaccination for hypersensitiveness. This is only given to people who suffer from dust mite allergy but has known to be successful in a large percentage of cases. If you suffer from a number of allergies you may be prescribed medication such as antihistamine tablets, eye drops and/or nasal sprays. If your allergic reaction has led to other medical conditions such as eczema or asthma you will also receive treatments such as cream and asthma relievers that are aimed at directly treating the condition. It is also possible to buy dehumidifiers to remove moisture from your most used rooms.
Lowering Your Chances of an Allergic Reaction
If you do suffer from a dust mite allergy there are a few things that you can do to lower your chances of an allergic reaction. Most of these are based around adapting your home and include:
- Avoiding quilts and woolen blankets and only using bedding made from synthetic fabrics or cotton. This should be washed weekly at a temperature of 60c or above.
- Use a vacuum cleaner that comes fitted with an allergen filter to clean your rooms every day if possible.
- Purchase an air dehumidifier to lower the moisture level in your house.
- When cleaning wear a mask and clothing that covers your body. Avoid using sprays and avoid touching dusty objects such as old books and magazines.
- Ideally you might want to have wooden floors installed instead of carpets. These can be cleaned with a wet cloth and are not as prone to house dust mites as carpet. Special carpet cleaners can however be bought.
- Consider using allergen wash or laundry detergent.
- Avoid collecting items that collect dust – this includes bric a brac and even teddy bears.
- Limit smoking to outside the house.