About 20 million Americans are affected by dust mite allergies. These tiny bugs — too small to see without a microscope — can live in mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, stuffed animals, and carpets. Dust mite waste and debris from dead dust mites contain a protein that produces an allergic reaction in some people.
How Do I Manage House Dust Mites?
Dust mitesthrive in conditions that are common to many households. They prefer temperatures between 68 and 77 degrees and a relative humidity of 70-80%. Dust mites feed on the tiny flakes of skin that humans normally shed every day. These preferences make bedrooms ideal places for dust mites to live.
Because household dust often contains dust mites and other potential allergens, you can help to manage dust mite allergies by keeping your home as dust free as possible:
- Vacuum carpets and upholstered furniture once or twice a week.
- Clean bare floors with a damp mop and wood furniture with a damp cloth.
- Eliminate items that make good habitats for dust mites like stuffed animals, drapes, rugs and carpets, if possible. If not, wash throw rugs in hot water or have them dry cleaned.
- Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier to lower humidity.
- Place covers over pillows, mattresses, and box springs.
- Wash bedding in hot water once a week and dry bedding in a hot dryer.
Symptoms of Dust Mite Allergies
Allergic reactions to dust mites resemble seasonal allergy symptoms. They include:
- Runny nose
- Itchy, red, watery eyes
- Itchy nose, roof of mouth, or throat
Get Relief From Dust Mite Allergies When You Need It
You can use antihistamines, corticosteroids, decongestants, cromolyn sodium, and leukotriene modifiers to help you manage the symptoms of dust mite allergies while you work on reducing their numbers in your home. You should consult with a healthcare provider, especially if your allergy aggravates other asthma symptoms.
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Asthma and Allergies: http://asthmaandallergies.org/asthma-allergies/dust-mite-allergy
Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dust-mites/basics/symptoms