Monday, 5 August 2013

10 Important Dust Mite Facts for Those with Allergies

This is a useful article for those allergic to dust mite. I'm re-posting this from Facts About Dust Mites-10 Important Dust Mite Facts For Those With Allergies.

Being able to minimize dust mite population can greatly help you effectively manage dust mite allergies. Here are 10 pieces of information that will help you live better despite your allergies.

1. They don't bite. Even though this is true, they can still wreak havoc in your bedroom if you are allergic. Their fecal material contains a protein that is at the root of allergy and asthma flare-ups. It can also cause eczema which usually presents as dry, scaly skin in a variety of places on the body.

2. They are an invisible enemy. The human eye needs magnification in order to be able to see a dust mite. So looking at your bed will not reveal these little critters to you, as they measure less than half a millimeter in length.

3. Your bed is ideal. This is because they thrive in warm, dark, moist environments. They go airborne with normal activities such as making the bed, tossing pillows, and shaking out linens.

4. Reactions vary and can change over time. Most people become more sensitive the longer they exposed to mites. That's why it's so important to minimize their numbers.

5. They feed on dander. Dead skin flakes (dander) are food for these bugs. If your pet sleeps in or on the bed, this makes even more dander available. An increase in the amount of dander can cause a rapid acceleration in the population.

6. They use their size against you. Because they are so incredibly small, they are able to crawl between the threads of your linens, mattresses and pillows and reproduce there. Using dust mite covers can interrupt the reproductive cycle and prevent this from happening.

7. Their color helps them hide. They are beige and round-shaped. They have 8 legs and belong to the spider family.

8. Children are at great risk. Studies show that children who are continually exposed to dust mite fecal material are more likely to develop asthma, allergies, and eczema.

9. There are ways to determine the severity of the problem. There are detection kits available for sale in stores and online. You can also magnify bits of dust to determine.

10. Nothing will get rid of them completely. You can reduce their numbers by washing bed linens weekly in water that is 140 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter. Replace carpeting with floors that are able to be more thoroughly cleaned such as wood, vinyl, or tile.


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