What are Dust Mites?
Dust mites are one of the major indoor triggers for people with allergies and asthma. The tiny insect-like pests generate some of the most common indoor allergens. Hundreds of thousands of dust mites can live in the bedding, mattresses, upholstered furniture, carpets or curtains in your home. They feed on dead human skin cells found in dust.
Dust Mite Allergy Symptoms
A dust mite allergy can range from mild to severe. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, about 20 million Americans have a dust mite allergy.
A mild case may cause the following symptoms:
A severe case may cause the following symptoms:
Severe asthma attack
Fighting Dust Mites
The number one way to alleviate dust mite allergy symptoms is to reduce the amount of dust in your home. Vacuuming and dusting the house on a regular basis is not enough to remove the dust mites. However, there are other steps you can take to reduce them.
- Use a damp cloth for dusting to limit the amount of dust in the air
- Clean the air in your home with a True HEPA air purifier, which can remove up to 99.97% of airborne particles including dust mite debris
Cover Mattresses & Pillows
Use zippered bed coverings to protect against dust mites
- Wash sheets, blankets, bedspreads and comforters every week with an allergen removing laundry additive