Dust Mites: FAQs

Dust Mites FAQs

What are house dust mites?

House dust mites are tiny bugs which thrive in dust and are commonly found in the home and cause adverse symptoms in those who are allergic.

Are house dust mites in my home?

Dust mites are found in most homes, as well as offices, cars, clothing or anywhere else that contains dust.

Can you see them?

Dust mites are microscopic and cannot be seen with the naked eye. They can be observed under a basic microscope with a minimum of 10x magnification

Am I allergic to house dust mites?

Dust allergy sufferers are not actually allergic to the mites themselves, but the proteins they leave behind.  It is one of the most common allergies and people who have hay fever like symptoms all year round might be allergic.  A scientifically sound allergy test, such as the skin prick test, is essential to confirm allergy.

Are dust mites dangerous?

To most people house dust mites are completely harmless and will live in the home without the occupants ever realising.  To allergic sufferers symptoms include sinus pain, eczema and allergic rhinitis.  Whilst symptoms can be chronic and detrimental to quality of life, they rarely cause severe or critical side affects.

How often should I dust if I’m allergic?

It goes without saying, allergy to dust makes regular dusting essential!  A minimum of once a week is recommended, but it’s also essential to use a technique that gathers dust, rather than simply moving it around.  We’ve written a post the essential practice of proper dusting. 

Do I need to buy special bedding?

Dust mites are commonly found in beds.  It is therefore essential to properly prepare and protect your bed to keep yourself away from the allergen as much as possible.  Check out the shop for a range of anti-allergen bedding products.  We also suggest ditching your mattress for a completely new one as often as you can afford.  It really makes all the difference.

Can I reverse my allergy?

Most people will need to control the allergy to house dust mite, rather than find a ‘cure’ by taking anti-histamines, protecting their mattress and bedding and following a strict cleaning regime.  Modern medicine provides the option of immunotherapy, through the form of injections, to steadily reduce the severity of the allergy. Although these offer relief for some, research on the topic is inconclusive, and the shots can be costly and time consuming for some.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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