More than you wanted to know about dust mites

Some people don't even think about these little critters because you can't see them, but just because you can't see them doesn't mean they aren't there. They are a major cause for asthma and allergies, especially in children and the elderly. An estimated 10 percent of Americans show an allergic sensitivity to dust mites. The Spring pollen aggravates allergies and dust mites make it even worse. During Fall and Winter we close up our windows and keep doors shut; which increases the dust mite infestation because they multiply during warm, wet weather.

Dust mites typically live in, on and around your bed. The typical used mattress may have between 100,000 to 10 million mites inside. Their favorite food is human and pet dander, which 80 percent of the material you see floating in the air is skin flakes.

While for most people dust mites can be harmless, they can still bring on allergies and other breathing problems even if you haven't experienced them before. Your best solution to helping control these little critters is to use a pleated furnace filter and to help control them in the bedroom use a air purifier.

Here are some of the typical symptoms of dust mite allergies.
  • Hay fever 
  • Watering eyes 
  • Runny nose 
  • Sneezing 
  • Asthma, difficulty in breathing 
  • Infantile eczema
  • 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 your eyes  
  • In a child, frequent upward rubbing of the nose 
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