As anyone who has been reading this blog will be aware, one of the first and most important steps to take if you are suffering with allergies is to get a positive diagnosis. There is absolutely no point trying to conquer the symptoms of an allergy you don’t have. Assuming you’ve done that, and you have a confirmed diagnosis of house dust mite allergy, then this article is for you. Read on!
I remember reading something years ago when I was young, about people who were allergic to dust. They had to vaccuum every five minutes.
They couldn’t have settees or carpets. And best of all – they had to freeze their teddy bears. What a drag.
Little did I know…that was me! That’s precisely how I should have been living. Well, perhaps not quite as strict as that. But something along those lines.
The truth is, while having house dust mite allergy can be seriously annoying, and does require a few changes to your lifestyle, it really didn’t ought to be too challenging.
You just need to know what you’re doing.
With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of five of the most important changes you can make to help live with house dust mite allergy.
And to hopefully help you improve your quality of life.
This isn’t a medical blog. I haven’t got any medical qualifications or expertise. That really needs to come from a medical professional.
However, to overcome your house dust mite allergy you really need to go and see an expert, and listen to their advice.
It can be tempting to soldier on, struggling with your symptoms that come and go.
Taking medication can be a drag. There are side effects. There are expenses. Some medicines work better than others.
But modern medicine is a marvel.
Whilst I’d much rather take absolutely no pharmaceutical medicine at all, and live off nothing but wholesome, organic food – why would I turn down soemthing that could significantly help me with my symptoms?
If that means taking a second opinion, seeing multiple doctors and persevering until you’ve got something you know that works, then so be it. Don’t give up.
A Dust Free Home Environment
Getting a diagnosis of house dust mite allergy might be a shock. You might feel a bit overwhelmed. “How could I possibly remove ALL dust from my house!”
Well, you can’t. But that’s not to say you should do nothing.
I’ve actually spoken to a few people who seem to think it’s a completely futile task, trying to remove dust from your home.
I totally disagree with those people. There’s a lot you can do, and it does have an impact.
I’ve written extensively about this here, which goes into more detail about how to remove dust from the home. Suffice to say, it can be done.
Carpets, curtains, furnishings. They’re all unneccessary really.
If you’ve got a house full of clutter, perhaps this won’t come naturally to you. But for me, living as a minimalist is something I love.
So think of it this way. Getting rid of that dirty old carpet, and replacing it with a fresh tiled or wooden floor can be a positive.
You’re living a simpler, more frugal life and you’re improving your health in the process.
And most important of all, there is nowhere for a dust mite to hide.
Health and Wellbeing
It can be a lonely place as an allergy sufferer sometimes. I’ve lost track of the number of times a friend has said…
“Why don’t you come for a drink with us at the pub” and I’ve made up some excuse as to why I can’t.
Truth is, if you’ve got what is essentially hay fever all year round in the form of allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis, you often don’t feel like doing anything.
Going to work, exercising and drinking alcohol in particular can all be a challenge that either make you feel worse, or you just don’t feel up to at all.
In fact, even getting out of bed is difficult for me at times.
That’s why it’s important to take greater care of your health than perhaps your ‘average’ person needs to.
Some people can burn the candle at both ends, but if your body is having to fight off an allergy at the same time it’s not that easy.
So for me, that means doing a few things that might be seen as ‘boring’ or a bit old before my time. But what do I care? If it helps me overall, then great.
I’m talking about early nights, abstaining from alcohol. Even thinking about avoiding excessively cold weather.
All these things when you’ve got inflamed sinuses and can only make matters worse.
So making sure you’re nice and warm, relaxed, hydrated and not under undue stress is the way to go.
Give your body the helping hand it needs to fight off your allergy without giving it other things to worry about. It makes a big difference.
Dusting for House Dust Mite Allergy
Okay, this is an obvious one. But it’s essential. If you have house dust mite allergy then you need to take every step you reasonably can not to subject yourself to dust.
We talked earlier about creating an allergy free home that lends itself well to not accumulating dust.
Now let’s put that into practice, and get dusting.
If you’ve already replaced your carpet with a tiled floor, and got rid of all that unnecessary furniture and clutter, now you should find it much easier to glide over all surfaces with a damp dusting cloth and collect all remaining dust particles.
I’ve written here in more detail about how to do it. A feather duster is no good.
You’re not trying to simply move the dust around, you’re trying to collect it, and remove it, so you never have to breathe it in or subject yourself to it.
In an ideal world, you wouldn’t even do the dusting yourself as you’re likely to exacerbate your symptoms while you go along, but I appreciate for many people there won’t be any other option.
You could consider wearing a mask, or even goggles as you go. Trust me, I’ve done it!
Buy an Air Purifier
The final step I wanted to share with you was considering buying an air purifier.
This is something I toyed with for ages before I finally took the plunge.
They can be big, expensive, loud. They really are a bit of a pain to keep in your house when you think about it.
But again, I come back to this idea. “Will it make your allergies better?”
When it comes to dust, the answer is clearly yes. So what’s more important, having a machine in the corner of your room that you don’t particularly love the look of, or breathing in lovely, fresh dust free air?
You know the answer, of course.
I’m not going to recommend any particular brand to you. Everyone has a different budget, but this was my experience after the first few weeks of using one.
Check out sites like Which to make sure you’re making a sound purchase that will actually help you.
For me, it was a resounding success, and I felt a definite improvement in my allergies, particularly my skin and eye related symptoms.
So there we have it. It’s by no means an extensive list.
There are plenty of other steps you can take such as covering your entire bed, swapping everything for an anti allergic version, buying different soaps and creams.
But these are a few of the most simple, fundamental changes you can make to help yourself go from someone totally floored and debilitated by house dust mite allergy to someone who still struggles, but finds it much, much easier to get through the day and still go about their daily life.
Good luck to all those struggling.