Dust & Allergy Solutions
Dust mites exist in the air and can be a nuisance, especially if you suffer from allergies or a respiratory condition such as asthma. They aren’t harmful to most people, but for some their presence creates an allergic reaction. While it’s not possible to eliminate dust mites completely, you can take measures to reduce and control them.
Symptoms of an Allergy to Dust Mites
Symptoms that indicate that you may have an allergy to dust mites include the following.
• Frequent sneezing
• Itchy or watery eyes
• Runny nose or nasal congestion
• Trouble breathing, tightness in your chest or wheezing
These symptoms present themselves more when you’re exposed to higher amounts of dust, such as when you’re sweeping or vacuuming a carpet. Sitting on furniture or laying in your bed can also cause symptoms to flare up.
Controlling Dust Mites
Even very clean homes can have dust mites, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck living with them. Do the following to keep them under control if they become a serious problem.
• Wash all bedding in warm or hot water at least once per week
• Purchase leather furniture instead of upholstered
• Remove carpet and replace with a tile or laminate flooring
• Cover your mattress with a cover designed specifically to control dust mites. Use one with a zipper and, for extra protection, place duct tape on top of the zippers to prevent any from escaping once the cover is on.
Take measures to improve air quality such as
• Use vents or fans to keep air circulating
• Purchase an run an air purifier throughout the day, especially if you or someone else smokes in your home or if you have pets that contribute to dust mite accumulation on furniture, inside the carpet, and in the air.
• Open windows to allow fresh air in
• Use a dehumidifier to keep the room humidity at less than 45 percent. Dust mites thrive in areas with high humidity.
• Have a professional company that specializes in dealing with dust & allergy solutions to clean your heating and ventilation system. The filters may need to be changed or the entire system checked out and serviced for better air quality.
Antihistamines and decongestants can help you control the symptoms of dust mite allergy, but taking things into your own hands by following these recommendations also helps. Reduce your symptoms and seek out professionals on dust & allergy solutions in the field that have the experience and expertise to aid in controlling dust mites in your home.