If you often find yourself greeting the morning with a sneeze, it’s quite likely caused by a dust mite allergy. Though you may not realize it, you’re sharing your bed with millions of these tiny creatures each night. And don’t think that moving to the couch will solve anything – they’re keeping you company while you relax in front of the television, too. Fortunately, like with most problems, knowing is half the battle. Let’s take some time to get to know these unpleasant little guys and what you can do to eliminate dust mite problems. You can also get some more advice from the article Huffington Post did on Love
Why do dust mites make me sneeze?
Although they are close relatives of ticks and spiders, (all members of the arachnid class) dust mites don’t feed on blood and they don’t carry diseases. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t harmful. Dust mites are among the most common triggers of asthma and allergies.
Allergies are an abnormal response of the immune system. Individuals affected by allergies have immune systems that react to a usually harmless substance (such as dust mites or pollen) as if it were a disease causing agent (like a germ or virus). When they inhale or otherwise come into contact with an allergen, their body begins to produce antibodies which trigger a reaction.
The dust mite’s gut (dust mites do not have stomachs) contains a powerful enzyme that it excretes in fecal matter to help break it down into a future meal. The enzyme in the dust mite’s fecal matter is the major allergen. Dead dust mite exoskeletons are a lesser allergen, but still a contributor. So, quite simply, dust mites make you sneeze when your body has an allergic reaction to inhaled particles of dead dust mites and dust mite feces.
Almost half of all Americans have an allergic reaction to dust mites. Even if you’re not allergic, it’s possible to develop an allergy through exposure. This is especially true for children and young adults. Having a family history of allergies may increase the risk s well.
How can I tell if I have a dust mite allergy?
Symptoms of dust mite allergies usually affect the respiratory system and can include sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, cough, sinus pressure and red, itchy, watery eyes. Individuals with asthma may also experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest pain or tightness. Additional allergic reactions may include depression, fatigue and headaches. Dust mites may also contribute to eczema and hay fever.
If you exhibit any of these symptoms and suspect that you may have a dust mite allergy, speak to your doctor. He (or she) will ask some specific questions and examine the lining of your nasal passages, which will appear swollen and discolored if you have an allergy to something airborne. Based on conclusions drawn from this brief examination, your doctor may refer you to an allergist who will ask additional detailed questions and perform some allergy tests.
How can I get rid of my dust mite allergy?
The best way to manage allergies is to avoid the triggers as much as possible. In the case of a mite allergy, this means avoiding dust and dust mites. Although it’s impossible to get rid of every single dust mite in your home, you can greatly reduce the number by doing things like removing mite habitats, avoiding accumulation of mites and having your rugs, draperies and furniture cleaned regularly. At LCS Janitorial Services we provide professional rug cleaning services, which eliminate all dust mites and remove all dust and dirt from area rugs.
We recommend having your area rugs cleaned at least every 3 months if you have a dust mite allergy. Doing so will help eliminate your dust allergies. Many of our clients tell us that our rug cleaning helped them sleep at night without waking up stuffed and allergic. We also offer professional furniture cleaning as well, which should be done at least semi-annually to prevent allergies. If you still exhibit symptoms even though you get your area rugs, draperies and furniture cleaned regularly, there are several types of allergy medications and other therapeutic treatments available to help minimize the effects.
Regular cleaning by a professional cleaning company will prolong the life of your rugs and keep the guarantee of the manufacturer of your rugs in place.Share