We spend many hours in the bedroom. It’s here that we get some rest and get recharged. For people with common respiratory problems, such as allergies, asthma, and COPD, the bedroom may sometimes not bring good memories. At night, these conditions are often triggered or worsened by microscopic creatures called dust mites.
If you or your loved one is an allergy sufferer, you should, therefore, make sure that the bedroom is a sleep sanctuary and not an allergy asylum. You can do this by paying keen attention to your indoor air and surfaces and proactively reducing allergens from invading your slumber.
In this article, you can learn about dust mites in bedding, the danger they pose to you and how to control these nasty creatures that can significantly impact your quality of sleep and life.
Understanding Dust Mites
These are microscopic creatures that love warm and humid environments. They typically burrow into fabrics in bedding and mattresses. They come out of their hideouts to feast on flakes of human skin. And since we shed up to three pounds of dead skin every year, our beds are a perfect environment for these creatures.
Once they infest your bed, dust mites populations can increase rapidly. Soon, you mattress can be inhabited by between 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 dust mites. Each of these mites lives for an average 2 months. Within this time, each of them produces about 1,000 allergen waste particles. Also, these dust mites are not visible with naked eye (you need at least 10x microscope to see them).
Dust Mite Bedding Allergy
Dust mites feces contain a potent allergen known as DerP1.Their decomposing body parts also contain harmful allergens. When dead mites and mites poop fills your bedding, they can easily contaminate the air you breathe. If you are allergic, you may develop asthma-like symptoms, chronic sinus problems or eczema.
A significant part of the population is allergic to dust mites. In the US., one in four people suffers an allergy, and about two-thirds of these allergic people are allergic to dust mites.
Dust Mite Symptoms
You may be allergic to these nasty creatures if you have chronic nasal congestion, persistent sniffles, and sinus headaches. You may also be allergic if you often wake up sneezing or with scratchy eyes. You can also go for allergy testing especially if you suffer with the bothersome symptoms.
Dust Mite Control
Controlling the dust mite population in your bed and home can help relieve your allergy symptoms. Here are some of the most effective and recommended ways of reducing exposure to dust mite allergens:
1. Encase Bedding with Allergy Covers
Allergy covers are allergy bedding with specially woven barrier fabrics. They can trap dust mites and their allergens. When you encase your pillows, mattress, box spring and comforter with allergy covers, you create a solid block between you and the allergens. They block allergens and completely encase your bedding reducing allergic and asthmatic reactions.
2. Wash Bedding Frequently
Mites can breed very fast. You need to wash all the bedding you use on top of encasings weekly. Wash them in hot water and if the fabric allows, use a hot dryer. The heat helps to kill dust mites to control their populations. Remember to wash your allergy covers after every three months.
3. Vacuum Your Mattress
Before encasing your mattress vacuum it with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) vacuum cleaner. Such a cleaner has a filter that helps entrap allergens without them blowing out through the cleaner’s exhaust.
4. Use Dust Mite Powder to Clean Carpets
Carpets and upholstery are good breeding grounds for dust mites. Use a recommended dust mite powder to kill dust mites. You can also replace your carpets. And if your allergy is severe, you may also consider doing away with carpets, at least in the bedroom.
5. Invest in a Hypoallergenic Mattress
Hypoallergenic mattresses refer to allergy-free mattresses. These allergy bedding are made with fabrics that do not cause allergic reactions for most people. They offer both protection from allergens and orthopedic support. They are excellent for people who suffer from chemical sensitivity. Choose one that is free of synthetics, and resistant to dust mites.
Although dust mites are harmless to many people, sharing your bedroom with these nasty creatures is chilling. Rob off dust mites your dead skin and you will effectively reduce the level of allergens in your home. You will spend a good night sleep without bothersome symptoms or worries about something feeding on you as you sleep. Take control of your bedroom now and reap the benefits.