According to the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, approximately 10 percent of Americans exhibit allergic sensitivity to dust mites (1).
Dust mites are microscope bugs that primarily live on dead skin cells regularly shed from humans and their animal pets. They are rapidly multiplying, and live in our bed, sometimes sheets and pillows. Dust mites are generally harmless to most people.
They don’t carry diseases, but they can cause allergic reactions in asthmatics and others who are allergic to their feces.
Mattresses, duvets, pillows, carpets and soft furnishings become reservoirs of human skin cells, encouraging dust mites.
1.5 Million Dust Mites May Be Living In Your Bed!
Up to 1.5 million dust mites live in and average bed. Their excrement contains protein which when gets inhaled or when in contact with our skin gets our antibodies’ levels up and the body is releasing histamine (2).
Histamine on the other hand is connected with allergies. If you suddenly start sneezing, coughing, having red and watery eyes, nose, etching or even have breathing problems then you definitely have contacted with it.
Some people notice red, itchy bumps on their skin after being exposed to dust mites.
So it’s very important to know how to get rid of them and improve your overall health. Although you cannot completely remove all dust mites from a home, a combination of the following methods should be used to get rid of dust mite problems.
Do not make your bed immediately after you get up. The dust mites will be exposed on sunlight and of course fresh air and soon they will be destroyed.
Wash as much of the bedding as you can in hot water, over 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54 degrees Celsius). Include pillow covers, mattress pads and comforters, if possible.
Dry your bedding in a hot dryer. This will kill any dust mites that lived through the washing cycle.
Cover your mattress, mattress pad and pillows with allergenic covers. If possible, use the plastic options, since dust mites can not live in plastic, like they do in fabric.