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What Is A House Dust Mite Allergy?


House dust mites are found in all homes. They are microscopic organisms that thrive in warm and humid houses with lots of food - human skin. The mites prefer to live in beds and, because we spend about a third of the day in bed, we inhale large quantities of dust mite allergens.

Having a house dust mite allergy simply means you have a hypersensitive reaction to proteins in the excretion of dust mites. The protein attacks the respiratory passages causing hay fever and asthma. It will aggravate a-topic dermatitis in people who have a propensity to this problem.

Dust Mite Allergies Self Help

Unlike pollen, dust mites are around all the time causing constant allergy - 'perennial' allergic rhinitis. The excretion from the mites as mentioned above dries out and becomes airborne very easily as when someone walks over carpeting, sits in a chair, or shakes their bed clothes, giving you immediate symptoms. The excrement from the mites contains a number of protein substances. If these are inhaled or touch the skin, the body produces antibodies. As with all allergies these antibodies cause the release of a chemical called histamine that leads to swelling and irritation of the upper respiratory passages. This causes the typical hay fever and asthma symptoms. If you are dealing with dust mite allergies, you know that they can be a major pain. It might simply seem like there is nothing that you can do about dust mite allergies because no matter where you go there are going to be dust mites, and these are going to drive you crazy.

Help Starts With Deep Cleaning

If you have dust mite allergies there are some things that you can do to make your life a little easier. First of all, you have to deep clean your home, and you have to do this often. If you have the means, you should hire someone to clean your house every week, because it only takes a week or less for dust to gather, and if you have dust mite allergies you know that cleaning it yourself isn’t always an option. You need to simply always keep a clean house, and you will be much happier.

Some of the worst dust mite allergies are going to happen at night, so you have to take every precaution to help yourself feel better. Switch to allergen free bedding and mattresses, as well as pillows. Also, you are going to have to realize that having the windows open is not always going to be the best for someone who has dust mite allergies. If you have central air, this will help to filter out the dust, as long as you make sure that you home is clean. These are two of the most important parts of helping yourself to deal with dust mite allergies and to leading a better life.

Constant Self Help

Dust mite allergies are not the kind of allergies that you can take care of whenever they flare up. The best thing to do to protect yourself from dust mite allergies is to be on a constant sort of allergy medicine, because this way no matter where you go you will be protected. You can either get on an allergy pill that you take every day, or you can have allergy shots every week. Both of these methods are going to let you live a life that is more free of dust mite allergies. If you are interested in both of these things, you should know that it is very important that you see your doctor, because only he can help you make a decision about which medicines are going to be best for you.

Home Help

Dust mites dislike dry and cold air, so try to air the house every day and don't use an air humidifier, which will only make matters worse. Clean your walls, woodwork and floors with wet cloths. No carpeting is best. Only use rugs that can be washed once a week. Have as little furniture as possible in which mites can live. Try to use only chairs which are made of wood or plastic. If you can, use only plastic curtains and dust them daily. Use wet cloths and a vacuum cleaner with a no bag vortex and allergen filter to clean the house thoroughly, preferably every day, but at least twice a week. Bedding Use bedding that can be washed often, cotton sheets, washable bottom sheets and synthetic blankets or duvets. Don't use wool blankets or quilts. Wash bedding etc at a temperature of at least 60°C to kill the house dust mites. Leave bedding, duvets, pillows and mattress hanging outside for an hour every day or as often as practical. You may want to try sleeping on a cheap mattress that you can exchange for a new one at least every six or 8 months. These suggestions are some of the best things that you can do to help your dust mite allergy.

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