Dust Mite allergy

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How to sweep away the dust mites

dust mite allergy

Tens of thousands of dust mites can be found in duvets

We share our homes with millions of tiny critters which are invisible to the naked eye.

But while most of us live in harmony with dust mites, they cause the most common allergy in the UK and over 80 per cent of asthma sufferers react to them.

Here we take a closer look at the dust mite allergy and explore tips for treatment, with advice from Gail Sinfield, an allergy nurse from Allergy UK:

What causes the allergy?

There are between two to three million mites in the average mattress. Their droppings are laden with allergens. When inhaled, the allergens can provoke asthma, eczema and rhinitis.

“The house dust mite faeces are approximately the same size as a pollen grain,” Gail Sinfield says.

“These are released into the atmosphere in dust several times a day, when vacuuming or sitting on a settee, or when in bed at night turning over.”

Where do dust mites thrive?

Household mites thrive in warm and humid conditions where there is skin and dander to feed on. This is why mattresses are so popular with the microscopic creatures.

The mites, which are only 0.03mm long, need about 70 per cent humiditiy to survive. When humidity drops below 50 per cent the mites dry out and die.

They also thrive in warm environments, which is a particular problem in winter, when houses are sealed up to keep out the cold. “They love the inside of our houses nowadays due to central heating, double-glazing and good insulation,” Ms Sinfield said.

Am I allergic?

As with pet allergies, you can have a skin prick test at your GP’s or a blood test at the local hospital, to try and work out the cause of your allergy.

 

dust mite allergy

Vacuum regularly to reduce dust mites

What can I do to reduce dust mites?

It is possible to drastically reduce the amount of dust mites in your home, which should alleviate symptoms in time.

Reduce humidity
Firstly, reduce humidity inside rooms by opening windows to allow ventilation. You should also keep the kitchen door closed while you’re cooking.

Fit extractor fans in bathrooms and kitchens, and wipe away condensation from windows and sills each day.

Don’t let the bed bugs bite
Your bed is the main dust mite exposure zone, so wash linen and bedding at 60 degrees. You can also buy special covers to encase mattresses, pillows and duvets to stop contact with allergens.

“Avoid drying clothes in your bedroom but make sure they are dried thoroughly before putting away,” Ms Sinfield added.

Bust the dust
Remove carpets if you can, as dust mites cannot survive on hardwood floors, and replace upholstered sofas for leather or vinyl. Use electrostatic dusters because they pick up the dust rather than spread it around. Also vacuum twice a week with a special Hepa filter, but wear a mask if you are the one who is allergic.

Don’t bother with air filters
The dust mite allergen is relatively heavy and very little floats about in the air. Therefore an air filter is of little value for someone with this allergy.

My child is allergic to dust mites – what can I do?

Make sure bedrooms are clutter free and keep their soft toys in a wooden box to stop them getting dusty. Don’t keep them in plastic containers because these retain moisture where dust mites can breed.

“Freeze favourite soft toys to kill the mites at least once a week, and then wash them to remove allergens. Most can be tumble dried,” Ms Sinfield advised.

She added that only one toy should be kept near their bed, so buying two that are identical could help you to clean them regularly.

You should also keep an allergic child off the bottom bunk bed because mites are released from above during the night.

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