Your bed is the ideal breeding ground for dust mites, tiny, crab-looking bugs that cause allergy symptoms in people all over the world.
An unprotected bed has millions of dust mites trespassing in your pillows and mattress, abundantly laying eggs and gorging on dead skin, their favorite food.
It’s not just gross; it’s unhealthy. Dust mite poop is a powerful allergen triggering nightly allergy attacks for you and your family.
The average mite defecates about twenty times each day and the excretions fit in what amounts to an envelope called a “peritrophic membrane,” and it is certain proteins in this envelope that are responsible for triggering most dust mite allergies.
Those fecal pellets, like dust itself, easily become airborne, and when inhaled cause a runny nose, sneezing, and clogged sinuses associated with rhinitis (upper respiratory system inflammation).
If your Doctor told you that you have a dust mite allergy, it means you are suffering because every night you and your family are sleeping in the equivalent of an insect’s toilet, full of allergy causing excrement and dead body parts.
Each female dust mite is capable of laying forty to eighty eggs in her one to three-month lifespan as an adult. Thus, while dust mites are short-lived by human standards, they also reproduce rapidly. Dust mites grow by feeding almost exclusively on the shed skin cells of mammals, especially humans.
Rhinitis is the medical term for upper respiratory inflammation. The inflammation results in a runny nose, sneezing, stuffy nose, and often clogged sinuses.
Dust mite allergens provoke these symptoms in persons sensitized to the allergens, usually within minutes of exposure. That “early response” may be followed by a “late phase response” four to eight hours – later characterized by fatigue, irritability, general malaise, and perhaps even impaired judgment – can be triggered after a night in an unprotected bed.
Conjunctivitis is the medical term describing irritated, red, itchy and watery eyes resulting from exposure to allergens, usually in tandem with rhinitis. Dust mite allergens can penetrate the mucous membrane of the eye to cause conjunctivitis, according to a clinical paper published in 2001.
Asthma refers to inflammation of the lower respiratory system (bronchial tubes and lungs). Tightness of the chest, shortness of breath, and wheezing can be symptoms of asthma.
Dust mite allergens are one potential cause of the onset of asthma, and can trigger asthma “attacks” that can persist for days or weeks given continued exposure to dust mite allergens and make them more sensitive to other allergens
For children who are susceptible to asthma, it’s even important to intervene.
The University of Kentucky reports that diagnostic tests and clinical studies by allergists have shown house dust mite to be the most common allergy in asthmatics, and an important “root cause” for the development of asthma in young children. Recent studies suggest that at least 45 percent of young people with asthma are allergic to house dust mites.
Dr. Thomas Platts-Mills, the director of the Asthma and Allergic Disease Center at the University of Virginia, concurs.
According to Dr. Platt-Mills, dust mite allergy is common among children and a risk factor for developing asthma. The sooner you intervene, the less likely your child’s symptoms will escalate into something more severe.
The three most significant steps are:
Most doctors and allergist agree that allergy covers is the place to start.
“If you are going to use only one dust mite control strategy, your choice would be allergy covers for your mattress and pillow. “ – Division of Sinus & Allergy The Ohio State University
“Dust mite covers really work. One study found that some kids with asthma need less asthma medicine when they used mattress and pillow covers. Tests of their mattresses showed that dust mites colonies there dwindled. But never decrease your asthma medicine unless instructed by your doctor.” – WebMD
Use allergen-proof bed covers. Cover your mattress and pillows in dustproof or allergen-blocking covers. These covers, made of tightly woven fabric, prevent dust mites from colonizing or escaping from the mattress or pillows. Encase box springs in allergen-proof covers. – Mayo Clinic
When you buy Dust Mite Allergy Covers, make sure they are medical grade. National Allergy is recommended by 1000’s of doctors.
Some verified reviews of their products:
I bought these for my son and he now wakes up without a stuffy nose. Great product! – Becky
When I purchased my new mattress, I didn’t have the extra cash to purchase this mattress cover, so opted for a cheap one from the local store. The cheap one held in heat and was so hot that I had to sleep on top of my sheets. I made sure to include this cover in my next month’s budget & I’m so glad that I did! I am extremely impressed at the high quality, and softness of the fabric. It fit my mattress perfectly (washed it first and it wasn’t too snug to put on). I was FINALLY able to sleep in my sheets and actually enjoy my new mattress. The 100% cotton makes a world of difference! The cover lets your mattress breath instead of radiating body heat. I highly recommend this allergy cover. – Jennifer
Super soft with no noise at all. I could tell a difference the very first night. I highly recommend this pillow cover! Crystal Goodwin
One word…AMAZING! Prior to this, my son didn’t know what it was like to have a good night sleep. Even the first night we noticed a difference! We used this, and also got the pillow cover and vent covers for his room. He is 5 so we went with this particular cover just in-case there are any accidents at night. – Susan
Don’t be misled with fitted mattress covers, make sure they are zippered cover only. These covers do not encase the mattress and are a waste of money for people with real allergy symptoms.
Medical Grade Cotton Dust Mite Allergy Covers have become very popular in the last few years because:
Ideally, live in a drier climate at a higher elevation. If that’s not possible, take these steps:
Routine vacuuming doesn’t help much to control dust mite populations or to get rid of allergens from dust mites. It can even make things worse by stirring things up. It’s important to use an HEPA vacuum, so the allergens stay in the bag. If the person who does the vacuuming suffers from a dust mite allergy, a filtered breathing mask will help protect them.
Consider treating carpets with a carpet cleaning product containing tannic acid. Think of this as a boost that is done after the more significant allergy reducing measure like using medical grade bed encasements or removing fabric furnishings.
Don’t use pesticides. They are NOT to be used to control house dust mites and can cause more problems than they solve.
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