Dust Mite

What are Dust Mites?

Dust mites are small bugs that can live in your home unseen because of their size. They feed on our flakes of dead skin. On top of this, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, “Both the body parts and the waste of dust mites are allergens for many people.” The symptoms they cause can make your allergy suffering even more intolerable than usual.

What Symptoms Do They Cause?

If dust mites stir up your allergies or asthma, you could suffer from a range of symptoms. These allergy symptoms may include:  

  • Sneezing

  • Runny or stuffed up nose

  • Itchy and red eyes

  • Watery eyes

  • Itchy nose, mouth, and/or throat

  • Postnasal drip

  • Coughing

On top of this, if you have asthma you could suffer from even more symptoms. These symptoms include:

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Chest tightness and/or pain

  • Wheezing

  • Trouble sleeping caused by breathing problems

  • Shortness of breath

  • Coughing

How Can I Get Rid of Them?

The truth is, you may not be able to get rid of dust mites entirely, but luckily protecting and cleaning can help you eliminate a majority of these allergy pests.

By no means does having dust mites mean your home is dirty, but taking special steps to clean in the right ways will help you get rid of a lot of them. Start by protecting your mattress. Use a mattress pad and pillow protectors to protect your mattress, and wash your bedding often! Also, note that dust mites will not die unless temperatures are high enough, so make sure you are washing your bedding in hot water. Vacuuming and dusting are other ways that cleaning will help you get rid of dust mites in your home.

Even though dust mites can stir up your allergy or asthma symptoms, protecting and cleaning your home can help you get relief. Even if this isn’t the only source contributing to your allergies, taking on dust mites is a great first step to making your home as allergen-free as possible. Have children with allergies? Learn how to allergy-proof your home for your children.