Allergic To Dust Mites...

How Can You Manage It In Your Daily Life?

Written By Liz Oakes

If you are allergic to dust mites you are not alone. This allergy to dust and dust mites is one of the most wide-spread allergies found

It is in most countries of the world. Many people have allergy tests done, and find out they have a dust mite allergy.

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I remember that the first thing I thought when I heard the results of my test was, what does this mean?

Maybe you have wondered, what are dust mites and how do you manage life with them? Or hopefully without them!

This is the challenge, but there are a number of things that you can easily do yourself to control dust mites in your home, by making some changes.

These changes are not hard to make, and they will help you to have a more comfortable life even if you do have a dustmite allergy.

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Allergic To Dust Mites... What Are Dust Mites?

When you are told you are allergic to dust mites, one of the first things most people wonder is, what are dust mites?

Dust mites are very small, almost invisible in fact, so you won't have seen them even though they are there in many (or most) homes. 

They occur in colonies and very large numbers may be present, often in the millions.

Their real name is Dermatophagoides firanae, but they are mostly just called dust mites. You may be reassured that they don't actually live on humans!

Whew! When I heard that part I was relieved. The actual mites themselves will do you no harm, yet so many of you will find that you get severe reactions to them.

Where In Your Home Do You Find Dust Mites?

Dust mite allergies are one of the commonest indoor allergies and can be found in a number of places including:

  • Dust mites can be found in most peoples homes as they like places that are warm and moist, and they need a source of food.
  • They live on the tiny skin particles that come off while you are sleeping and they also like the warmth and moist environment of your bed.
  • Your bed is the most common place where you are likely to find many of these little creatures.
  • This is why if you are allergic to dust mites you may find you seem to get worse when you go to bed.
  • People who have a dust mite allergy are reacting to the dust mite droppings, their fecal matter, that they leave behind in your bed.
  • If you have enormous numbers of dust mites you can imagine that you will also have a large amount of this fecal matter that is causing you problems.

You may breathe this in while you sleep and this is not good for you.

Allergic reactions may vary from severe asthma attacks, to running nose and eyes, and symptoms that may resemble flu or spring allergy symptoms such as hay fever.

Many people find their reaction is similar to what you get from pollens and grasses in the spring, and they may also closely resemble the MCS symptoms and many people with multiple chemical sensitivity also react to dust mites.

Allergic To Dust Mites... 

Getting rid of dust mites in your home is possible as you can kill dust mites. You may be able to kill dust mites that are in some of your bedding by washing it

To do this you must use the hottest water that the particular item can stand. But if it is old and has been gathering dust mites for a long time you may need to replace it.

Prevention is very important, so check out the list below for ideas on what you should take note of. 

The tips on this list may help you to discover how to sleep better when you are allergic to dust mites.

List Of Ideas For Getting Rid Of Dust Mites

The following is a list of ideas that you can use to help you to get rid of dust mites.

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  • Your aim is to remove as many unnecessary items from the room as possible, in case they harbor dust in them.
  • Use a good vacuum cleaner to clean the dust from the room, to help you to do a home detox.
  • Many allergists recommend hepa filters, but some chemically sensitive people will react to the hepa.
  • If this is your problem, the best thing for you is to simply use the best quality vacuum cleaner that you can safely use.
  • Wash all of your bedding and bath towels in the hottest water that you can, and continue to wash your sheets and pillow cases frequently. 
  • If you are allergic to dust mites, see if you can do it once a week if possible, or at least once every two weeks.
  • Use allergy free bedding on your bed and either wash your pillows, or replace them with new good quality organic pillows. They are one place where dust mites build up.
  • Latex is also dust resistant and an organic latex pillow is another good alternative.
  • If you have carpet on your floor you may need to consider replacing it with another type of flooring that is easy to clean to remove dust mites. 
  • You could choose to install natural wood flooring or eco cork flooring, as cleaning wood floors or cork is so easy.
  • As dust mites do not like wool, you may choose to replace your old bedding with organic wool bedding, and that could include using an organic wool pillow.
  • Use good quality organic bedding, including organic mattress pads or covers and allergy pillow covers that can be washed regularly to remove any dustmites. 
  • Have a good allergy air purifier or negative ion generator going at night. This is a common natural health idea, as it can help to remove any dust mite particles from the air, that are stirred up during your sleep.

One Of The Most Wide-Spread Allergies

Those of you who are allergic to dust mites are among a large group of people who have this problem. The dustmite allergy is one of the most wide-spread allergies found, and it is in most countries of the world.

Natural health products that help you to manage this are now readily available in most places.

If you notice that you have vitamin D deficiency symptoms you may wish to take supplements as this can be very beneficial to help you.

It is common for many allergic people to be deficient in a range of different vitamins, and this may include having a vitamin C deficiency.

If your reactions to dust causes you headaches or sinus inflammation, you may choose to use one of the natural allergy remedies. 

There are a number of benefits of using MSM powder, as it may help you get over allergic reactions. Many allergists also recommend spraying with a dust mite spray. 

This may not be tolerated by you if you are chemically sensitive, but it is worth giving it a go. If this is a difficulty for you, there are a number of other things that you can easily do to help you to control dust mites, and have a more comfortable life.

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