Dust Mites and Asthma – What can you do to alleviate the symptoms.
What are Dust Mites?
Dust mites are tiny little bugs that are are so small you cannot see them with the naked eye. The fact is every home has these, no matter how clean you think your home is, the dust mites are lurking (sorry!) These critters survive by feeding on human skin flakes and mould spores and are commonly found in our pillows, mattresses, furniture, carpets and believe it or not even in stuffed toys and our other fabric covered belongings.
What is the link between Dust Mites and Asthma?
Dust mite droppings and even their own body parts are actually a very common trigger for Asthma in people who are allergic to them. Walking over a carpet can aggravate those allergens and send them floating up into the air where they are easily inhaled by unsuspecting homeowners. Children who have never suffered from allergies before can quite suddenly develop Asthma after exposure to these particles. Thankfully not all of us are actually affected at all by these allergens, but those of us who are often have a torrid time dealing with the symptoms. Normal symptoms will be coughing, wheezing and a tightness in the chest.
So how can you minimise the risk?
Well, thankfully there are a few well tried and tested ways to keep the dust mite population in your home as low as possible .
Be sure to wash your bedding at least once a week – in hot water
(Make sure the bedding is completely dry before replacing onto the bed)*
Wash your child’s fabric toys in hot water too – once again dry thoroughly before handing them back!
If possible try to use dust proof covers on mattresses and pillows
Hoover carpets (and fabric furniture) as often as possible ( Ideally with a vacuum which uses a HEPA Filter )
*Dust mites thrive in warm , damp environments, therefore it is really important to dry your bedding thoroughly
Oh, and an obvious one this, but when hoovering and dusting it is also a good idea for the actual Asthma sufferer to leave the room (if possible!)
If you carry out the above steps regularly you will really limit the number of dust mite related allergens in your home. You can limit these and incidentally all other airborne allergens too, to an even greater and more immediate extent by also utilising a good quality air purifier in your main living area and also in your bedroom. A correctly chosen air purifier can recirculate all of the air in your room through a hepa filter at least once every twelve minutes, thereby gobbling up all the unwanted allergens as quickly as they are arriving.
A really good air purifier for a regular size living room would be something like the Blueair 203 which is reassuringly powerful, yet lovely and quiet too.
For the bedroom, something like the Airfree P40 is a fantastic option as it is totally silent , requires no filters and is proven to be extremely beneficial for Asthma sufferers.
If you want to chat about your allergy feel free to give us a call on 01207 507444 and we will be delighted to help guide you in right direction.