Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Dust Mites and Allergies: Protect Your Home

February 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 182

As it relates to allergies, dust mites are major offenders for most people, causing everything from nasal congestion to sneezing, itchy eye, and more. The major problem is, they exist everywhere within the environment, and avoiding them entirely is essentially impossible. Still, there are a number of steps you can take around the house to reduce the amount of mites within your personal space.

As you have probably guessed, dust mites are very tough creatures that require very little"food" to thrive. They prefer environments of at least seventy degrees, and they feed on microscopic organic particles such as dead human skin scales that the typical human being sheds at all times.

One of the most common places to find the organisms is in your mattress and pillow. Upholstered furniture such as carpet, drapes and couches are other places where they seem to thrive.

Another big problem with dust mites is that they can procreate at an exponential rate. If you ever got the feeling you could not eradicate the dust in your home no matter what you seem to do, you may have a thriving colony on your hands.

While you can never hope to eliminate the organisms entirely from your home, there are a number of steps you can take to decrease their numbers. If you are suffering from allergies, following these steps is vital.

First, you should protect your mattresses and pillows with official "dust mite approved" covers. You should also wash your bedding in hot water at least once every two weeks, including your pillow cases.

Next, you should remove all carpet and thick window drapes from your home. If this is not a practical option, make sure you get them cleaned professionally once a year and vacuum at minimum, once a week. Keeping your space clean is essential to preventing a dust mite invasion.

You should treat your upholstered furniture the same as you would carpet and drapes. If you have allergic children, make sure to remove carpet, drapes, stuffed animals, and other upholstered items from their room entirely.

In addition to frequent cleaning, there are other solutions you can add to your home that will help reduce the amount of dust mites in your home. HEPA air filtration systems and filters can drastically reduce the amount of dust mites in your home, as well as a UV light. Keeping the humidity in your home less than 50% and frequently changing your air filters in your central air system are absolutely vital.

Dust mites are very hard to control and impossible to completely eradicate from your home. Following the instructions listed above can reduce the amount of dust mites in your home and possibly lessen your allergic symptoms. However, allergy immunotherapy is the best recommendation for dust allergies. If you feel that you are suffering from these symptoms, consider scheduling an appointment with a local allergy clinic.

Jason Guillot M.D. is a New Orleans ENT doctor

You can learn more about allergy testing at his website.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Dust Mites


Allergy Symptoms From Dust


Allegy Treatment




New Orleans

Your body needs glucose in order to get energy for cell and tissue function. Without energy, the cells do not function properly and the immune system is compromised. When your blood glucose levels

By: Clifford H Woods l Health & Fitness > Diabetes l July 09, 2013 lViews: 2617

Heavy Metals - Free radicals (tissue damaging molecules that cause aging and bodily deterioration) are the result of the ever-present toxins within our environment. Heavy metals are contained in

By: Clifford H Woods l Health & Fitness > Supplements l July 09, 2013 lViews: 607

Braun shavers and trimmers are very standard brand and their new curser beard and head trimmer is big for trimming beards. This trimmer was specifically made to be able to trim down your beard and

By: Lovey Blackburn l Health & Fitness > Beauty l December 20, 2012 lViews: 459

On this website you will find latest makeup reviews and swatches from real people. You will know how makeup products look in real life, and you can also participate! Post your photos, tips and

By: l Health & Fitness > Beauty l December 09, 2012 lViews: 320

You can either seek referrals from friends and associates or search for consultants on the internet. The latter, in our opinion, would be a viable option for those pressed for time.You can either

By: Simon Liva l Health & Fitness > Diseases l December 07, 2012 lViews: 269

Healthy living is essential in today's world, to ensure one's well being. Learn how to relax and improve your mood now! Be it exercising, or indulging in one's passions and hobbies, be sure to set

By: Clarinda l Health & Fitness > Mind Body Spirit l December 02, 2012 lViews: 262

There are many treatments that you can use to control your allergies effectively. I recommend you to use natural home remedies to treat your allergies. They usually do not have any side effects for

By: Krisanto Linl Health & Fitness > Allergiesl June 14, 2012 lViews: 198

Allergies are pretty common and many people really want to know how to deal with the symptoms. If you also suffer from allergies, you should read this article to learn some effective methods to treat

By: Krisanto Linl Health & Fitness > Allergiesl June 14, 2012 lViews: 182

Are allergies controlling your life? Do you feel uncomfortable with your allergy symptoms? If that's the case, you are not alone.

By: Krisanto Linl Health & Fitness > Allergiesl June 14, 2012 lViews: 202

Sinus congestion sometimes makes it impossible for any air to pass through the nasal passages. When this occurs, sleeping can be difficult as one stops breathing when the mouth closes. For too many

By: Ronda Behnkel Health & Fitness > Allergiesl June 13, 2012 lViews: 205

Do you know that you can actually use bee pollen to treat your allergy symptoms, such as fever, asthma, headache, and many more? In this article, I will show you how this natural product can be used

By: Krisanto Linl Health & Fitness > Allergiesl June 13, 2012 lViews: 231

You probably suffer from allergies if you are frequently sneezing, coughing, sneezing, or having a runny nose. You need to be very careful because some allergy symptoms are very similar to the

By: Krisanto Linl Health & Fitness > Allergiesl June 13, 2012 lViews: 200

Any good plastic surgeon knows that "incisions" and the resulting "scars" are extremely important to patients. No matter how the size or scope of surgery, people care what their incisions look like

By: Jason Guillotl Health & Fitness > Cosmetic Surgeryl April 20, 2012 lViews: 171