Are you or your family sensitive to dust? If yes, then it’s high time that you checked the age of your mattresses, pillows, etc. Usually after 10 years of use your beds increase in weight as they get stuffed with dead bugs and its wastes. It’s recommended to change beds every 10 years, so why not swap to organic and dust-free bedding this time!
Dust mites are very minute, tiny bugs that live indoors more than outdoors and are especially found hiding in mattresses, stuffed toys, pillows or carpets. They are very tiny and cannot be seen with our normal eyesight. They thrive vigorously in warm, humid climates and our body warmth or sweat can also keep them cozy and warm. Scientists estimate that there can be over 19,000 mites in one gram of dust. Eew!
It’s a myth that dust mites bite humans, because they don’t! They eat dead cells that naturally fall off our skin every day. But yes, their droppings or feces could react and lead to a rash when it comes in contact with the human skin. This tendency of the skin reacting is known as dust mite allergy. These allergies can range from mild to severe and can cause both environmental allergies or respiratory allergies.
Allergies due to Dust Mites
Do you wake up in the morning with a stuffy nose, watery eyes and painful throat? There are many people who suffer from dust mite allergy. Allergens from house dust mites are commonly responsible for respiratory diseases such as bronchitis, asthma, allergic rhinitis, etc.
Dust mites are common to every home in the world. They are millions in number and are very tiny organisms living in chairs, pillows, carpets, soft toys and beds. Do you want to sleep thinking about these tiny bugs feeding on your dead cells and leaving you with their excreta? No way! What do you do then? The correct way is to switch to bedding and pillowcases that are specially made to fight these dust mites.
If you want the highest level of protection, why not opt for mattresses that are organic, dust-resistant and waterproof. These allergy control products, be it covers or bedding, are all dust mite-proof and are designed in such a way that these tiny organisms (be it mites, bugs, pet hair or pollen) are all kept out of your beds and pillows. You will also find a wide range of products from zipped mattresses to organic fabrics, easy to set up and wash and come in with a lifetime warranty. It can be used by anyone regardless of whether it is a pregnant woman or people with other medical conditions.
These mattresses are made of super-dry material that mites do not like living in and the cover fabric also includes microfiber encasing that will keep them out. It can also whisk away any dust mite feces or secretions to keep your skin dry and clean. These products will definitely help you sleep better and breathe better.
- Allergy control bedding uses encasing fabric that keeps the mites away from being able to get into the bed. This fabric must be kept clean and should be washed in hot water every one to two weeks.
- Sheets and pillowcases can be purchased from any home retailer or from their respective website.
- Make sure you buy sheets and pillowcases that specifically say “dust mite encasing fabric”.
- Remember: dust mites require humidity to survive so consider turning up the air conditioning or using a dehumidifier. They cannot survive when the humidity level is below 50% or when the temperature is below 77°F.
- Always purchase covers that are zipped.
- Wash sheets on a weekly basis in hot water, and when possible, expose your beds to direct sunlight. Vacuum clean your home on a daily basis.
Dust mites are a reality in every home in the world. Cleaning out air ducts will not get rid of them (that is another myth, usually spread by air duct cleaning companies), and even the cleanest homes have them. The only way to deal with this dust allergy is to buy allergy control bedding and their other products such as sheets, pillows, carpet powder and pillowcases. It’s impossible to get rid of them completely, but you can at least reduce or control them by following the above-mentioned steps.