Dust mites (sometimes called bed mites) are the most common cause of allergy from house dust. They belong to the family of eight legged creatures called arachnids that also includes spiders, chiggers and ticks. Dust mites are hardy creatures that live and multiply easily in warm, humid places.
Dust Mite Allergy Symptoms:
Usual symptoms are respiratory in nature, usually not a rash. However, there are reports of a red rash around the neck. The wheeze inducing proteins are digestive juices from the mite gut and are potent allergens. An exposure to the mites in the first year of a infants life can trigger a lifelong allergy.
Causes of Dust Mite Allergy:
Dust mite allergy is not caused due to the bites of dust mites. Our body gets allergies by the waste matter released by the dust mites, and the decayed bodies of dust mites, which is then inhaled by us.
Dust Mite Allergy Remedies:
* Cover your mattress and pillows in dust proof or allergen blocking covers. These covers, made of tightly woven fabric, prevent dust mites from colonizing or escaping from the mattress or pillows.
* Wash all sheets, blankets, pillowcases and bed covers in hot water that is at least 130 F (54.4 C) to kill dust mites and remove allergens.
* Avoid bed covers that trap dust easily and are difficult to clean frequently.
* Use a damp or oiled mop or rag rather than dry materials to clean up dust. This prevents dust from becoming airborne and resettling.
* If it collects dust, it also collects dust mites. Remove knickknacks, tabletop ornaments, books, magazines and newspapers from your bedroom.