Dust Mites: How They Affect Asthma & Allergy Sufferers

Common Causes

One of the most common causes to allergies is dust mites.

Dust mites are tiny eight legged creatures that are typically too small to see with the naked eye. Most homes have dust mites and a single gram of dust may have hundreds or more dustmites in it.

Dust mites feed on human skin cells that humans shed, as well as animal dander, mould, bacteria and pollen. Because they absorb water in the air and from the environment, they do not drink water, they thrive in warm environments with a high humidity.

Since dustmite feed on human skin flakes and dander, they are often present in mattresses, pillows, carpets, upholstered furniture, bed covers, clothes, stuffed toys, and fabric and fabric covered items. Although dust mites do not bite people, their body parts and droppings can cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma in individuals who are sensitive to exposure to dust mites. Children’s exposure to dust mites is believed to be an important factor causing asthma in children who have not previously exhibited asthma symptoms.

Fortunately, there are actions people can take to minimise exposure to dust mites. They include the following:

  • Keep the humidity level indoors below 50% relative humidity if possible
  • Keep dust levels to a minimum
  • Wash bedding in hot water once a week and dry completely
  • Replace feather pillows with synthetic ones
  • Use dust mite proof covers on pillows and mattresses
  • Vacuum carpets and furniture every week with a vacuum with High Efficiency Particulate HEPA filter and Power head
  • and choose stuffed toys that can be washed in hot water, and dry completely before child plays with them.
  • There are also dust mite testing kits and professional consulting services available to people concerned about dustmites.

These are just a few things to know about dustmite. To find out more about dust mites, contact Mitey Fresh TODAY!

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  • Carol Parr

    We’re glad you’re here. We’re Carol and Tony, founders of one of the longest running Healthy Home Blogs in the world, Mitey Fresh Australia. We’ve been on this journey for the last 25 years and are passionate about helping families sift through health hazards and triggers like allergens, mould, water damage, chemicals and EMFs, to get clarity about what’s toxic and what’s not so they can create a healthy and happy home for their family they love. Each month, people visit this blog seeking focus on the health and wellbeing of their loved ones, sustainable and effective practice tips and guides, to help create and manage healthier indoor spaces, improve the built environment that is pleasing to the senses and support healthy living and nature, every day. Starting this blog was to help change people’s lives, one family at a time, and we can’t wait to share how its allowed us to stand next to you and show you how interpreting these synergies between buildings and the environment they are built in will impact upon the health and well-being of those who occupy them. Find out more about Healthy Homes and what this blog can do for you!

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