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What You Need to Know About Dust Mites in Your Home

by Peter Blondin 09/01/2021


The idea that there are thousands of tiny bugs living in your home and embedding themselves in your carpet and furniture may make you uneasy. Unfortunately, the reality is that dust mites have likely made their way into your house and become quite comfortable there. Dust mites are so small that you cannot see them with the naked eye, but they are feeding off dander and leaving behind their own waste in their wake.

The problem is, these seemingly invisible and harmless pests can leave you dealing with debilitating allergy symptoms. Here is what you need to know about dust mite allergen symptoms, risks and treatments.

Symptoms of Dust Mite Allergies

The symptoms of dust mite allergies vary based on the individual and their body's reaction to the dust mite allergen. Some people experience typical mild allergy symptoms, such as a runny nose, watery eyes or sneezing. For others, the dust mite allergy can be much more severe. Dust mites can be particularly aggravating to people who suffer from asthma, who may experience more frequent coughing or wheezing attacks if there are too many dust mites inside the home. Given the fact that most dust mites reside within the mattresses inside a home, most dust mite allergy symptoms are worse at night. For people with asthma, the presence of dust mites can make it difficult for them to enjoy a full night of sleep.

Treatment Options for Dust Mite Allergen Symptoms

The treatment options for dust mite allergen symptoms will be based on the severity of the symptoms and the frequency of the allergy attacks. Some people may find that they can control their symptoms by taking over-the-counter allergy medications, while others, particularly those with asthma, may need their doctor to prescribe a medication or treatment option for them.

How to Reduce the Number of Dust Mites in Your Home

One of the best ways to reduce the dust mite allergy symptoms that you experience is to actively work to minimize the number of dust mites living within your home. Here are a few steps that you can take to reduce the presence of dust mites in your house:

  • Wash your sheets in hot water regularly. You may want to consider washing your sheets as well as your comforter at least once per week.
  • Vacuum your carpets at least once per week, or more frequently if possible. Vacuuming can clean up the waste particles that dust mites leave behind. It is dust mite waste that aggravates most people's allergy symptoms.
  • Use a damp rag or cloth to dust the surfaces of your home on a weekly basis. Don't forget to move decorative items to eliminate as much dust as possible.
  • Wash your children's stuffed animals regularly, and avoid letting them sleep with too many stuffed animals at once.

While you may not be able to see them, your allergy symptoms will let you know that dust mites are present in your home. By making an effort to prevent dust mites and reduce your contact with these pesky bugs, you can significantly reduce the frequency and severity of your symptoms.

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