A common trigger for indoor allergies, dust mites can be found in the dust particles that collect naturally around the house. While dust mites are found throughout homes, they are more prevalent in humid areas of the house.These microscopic creatures live off our dead skin cells, hiding in the fibers of pillows, mattresses, blankets, and carpets.
Dust Allergy Seasons
There is a higher occurrence of dust mites in the summer than the winter due to the increased humidity levels of summer. However, if you live in a warmer, more humid climate, dust mites are prevalent all year-round.
Dust Allergy Symptoms
Some common symptoms of a dust allergy may include Dry Coughs, sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, and nasal congestion. Allergy testing by an allergist can verify whether you’re reacting to dust mites or have an allergy to another substance, such as pollen, pet dander, or mold.
The house dust mite is a cosmopolitan pyroglyphid that lives in human habitation. Dust mites feed on organic detritus, such as flakes of shed human skin, and flourish in the stable environment of dwellings. House dust mites are a common cause of asthma and allergic symptoms worldwide. The mite's gut contains potent digestive enzymes that persist in their feces and are major inducers of allergic reactions such as wheezing. The mite's exoskeleton can also contribute to allergic reactions. The European house dust mite and the American house dust mite are two different species, but are not necessarily confined to Europe or North America; a third species Euroglyphus maynei also occurs widely. Unlike scabies mites or skin follicle mites, house dust mites do not burrow under the skin and are not parasitic.
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While dust mites are hard to get rid of, there are a number of things you can do to reduce your exposure to these allergens.
Help reduce your exposure to dust allergens by wearing a dust mask and gloves, dusting with a damp sponge or mop, and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter or double bag.
Check the Label
Choose pillows, mattresses and furniture labeled "hypoallergenic." Cover Up: Use anti-allergen covers on mattresses, box springs and pillows. Use a Dust Mites Exterminator, Dependable Exterminating are experts at getting rid of Mite Infestations including Dust Mites, Dog Mites, Spider Mites, Bird Mites and Mites on humans.