Everything You Might Not Want to Know about Dust Mites

Dust MitesNo one wants to think about it – dust mites living in your pillows, feeding off your dead skin and hair. It’s enough to make you feel like they’re crawling all over you as you lay in bed. Not only are they disgusting and cringe worthy, they are also a major cause of asthma and allergies. According to the American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology, approximately 10% of Americans exhibit allergic sensitivity to dust mites.

What are dust mites?

Dust mites are microscopic bugs that mostly live on dead skin cells that shed from humans and pets. Although generally harmless, dust mites can cause allergic reactions in asthmatics and others who are allergic to their feces. Despite popular belief, dust mites do not carry diseases and are often confused with bed bugs.

Skin cells and scales, or dander, are often concentrated in lounging areas, mattresses, and popular furniture. The average human sloughs off 1/3 ounces of dead skin a week giving dust mites a lot to eat. Even more, cats and dogs create far more dander than that of humans.

What’s scarier? A typical mattress can contain tens of thousands of dust mites. Nearly 100,000 mites can live in one square yard of carpet. It gets worst – a single dust mite produces about 20 droppings each day, each containing a protein to which many people are allergic.

Symptoms of dust mite allergies

  • Hay fever
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Asthma
  • Itchy, red, or watery eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
  • Postnasal drip
  • Cough
  • Facial pressure and pain
  • Frequent awakening
  • Swollen, blue-colored skin under the eyes

Poor ventilation can make symptoms worst

To decrease symptoms caused by dust mite allergies, start with your air conditioning unit. Keep up with routing AC maintenance to deter poor ventilation in your home. Also, keep humidity low and temperate low as well. High temperatures (above 70 degrees) will also increase your symptoms. Contact Ocean State today to schedule your free consultation.


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