What are dust mites?

Dust mites are microscopic creatures which live off dust.  They thrive in damp, warm surroundings are often found in people’s homes.  To those allergic, they can cause chronic medical complaints and reduce people’s quality of life.

Am I allergic to house dust mite?

House dust mite is one of the most common allergies in the world.  Symptoms are very similar to hayfever including sneezing, irritation of the eyes and sinuses and eczema.  To find out if you are a sufferer you will need to do an allergy test.  More information can be found on the dust mite pages.

Are dust mites dangerous?

To non-sufferers, house dust mites are completely harmless.  They don’t cause irritation or bite.  They simply live without a care in the world inside your mattress and carpet.  Only those allergic to dust mites suffer medical complaints.

How do I protect myself from house dust mites?

There are a number of measures you can take.  It’s critical to prevent contact with dust as much as possible.  This blog is designed to give frequent advice and guidance on how to do so, so check back regularly.

What medication do I need to take?

Professional advice should always be sought.  Generally allergy sufferers will use over the counter anti-histamines which counteract the allergic reaction.  There are also a number of products such as decongestants, nasal sprays and eye drops which counteract allergy to house dust mite, but prevention is always better than cure.  Stay away from the dust, stay allergy free!

Should I replace my mattress?

Almost certainly.  Nowhere in the home do more dust mites live than in your mattress, and old mattresses in particular can house millions of the tiny creatures.  Replacing your mattress will give immediate relief to sufferers, who should then invest in a quality, fully encasing mattress cover.

Can dust mites live outside the home?

House dust mites can live anywhere where dust is present.  If you work indoors in an office environment, you should take the same precautions as you do at home by removing excessive soft furnishings and keeping your environment totally clean and dust free.  You may be surprised at the difference a clean work environment will make.

And, breathe.