According to American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, approximately 10 % of Americans exhibit allergic sensitivity to dust mites.
It is important to mention that dust mites actually are microscope bugs that primarily live on dead skin cells regularly shed from humans and animal pets. These mites multiply rapidly and live in our bed, sometimes sheets and pillows
Even though dust mites are generally harmless to most people and don’t carry diseases, still at some people dust mites cause allergic reactions in asthmatics and others who are allergic to their feces.
Carpets, mattresses, duvets, pillows and soft furnishings are great reservoirs of human skin cells, encouraging dust mites.
1.5 Million Dust Mites May Be Living In Your Bed!
Several studies show that intimidating 1.5 million dust mites live in an average bed. The excrement of these mites contains protein which when gets inhaled or when in contact with human skin gets our antibodies’ levels up and the body is releasing histamine.
Additionally, histamine is linked with allergies. In case you suddenly start to sneeze, cough, have red and watery eyes, nose or even if you have problems with breathing, then you definitely have contacted with it.
Moreover, there are people who notice red, itchy bumps on their skin after being exposed to dust mites.
Therefore, it is extremely important to know how to get rid of them and improve your overall health. Experts explain that you cannot completely remove all dust mites from a home, but combination of the following methods will help you to get rid of dust mite problems.
Here is what you should do:
– Don’t make your bed immediately after you get up. It is interesting that the dust mites actually will be exposed on sunlight and fresh air. After a while they will be destroyed.
– Keep in mind to wash as much of the bedding as you can in hot water. It is recommended to use water over 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54 degrees Celsius). If possible, you should include pillow covers, mattress pads and comforters.
– You should dry your bedding in a hot dryer. On that way you will kill any dust mites that lived through the washing cycle.
– Don’t forget to cover your mattress, mattress pad and pillows with allergenic covers. Also, you can use any plastic options, since dust mites can not live in plastic, like they do in fabric.