Falling leaves, freezing breeze …winter is here as well as the allergies to make us feel sick. The temperature drops slightly and we are already sniffling and sneezing. However, can we put all the blame on the changing season? At first glance, it may be hard to tell whether your itchy eyes, body pain, coughing are all due to the changing weather or simply winter allergies. During these months, we tend to spend the majority of our times inside and we fall prey to indoor allergies.
There exists various triggers that can lead to allergies and the most common of them is none other than dust mites. They are tiny organisms that live on dead cells (dander) shed by human body and animals (pets). On average, a normal human being loses around 1/3 ounce (10 grams) of dead skin per week while pets generate far more dander. It's “SAD” but we are dust mites primary source of food. They are also very resistant and difficult to get rid of. This is due to the fact that they tend to reproduce very rapidly. An adult female dust mite can lay up to 40 to 80 eggs. After the eggs are hatched, a larva with six legs makes its apparition and then it fully transforms itself into an eight-legged dust mite. It normally takes around 1 month from the egg to the adult stage and afterwards it can survive up to 3 months. Dust mites can be found everywhere but their prime habitat are mattresses, pillows, carpets etc… In short, they can be located in areas having high level of humidity.
Dust mites are generally harmless to most people, they do no bite or sting. However, they can be a source of problem to all those who are allergic to them. Dust mites do not carry any disease but it's their waste droppings that pose problem. A single dust mite can produce around 20 waste droppings per day and they contain a protein to which people are allergic. This particular protein is a mixture of feces and dead skins. Such an allergy does not occur suddenly but with increasing exposure to such dust mite wastes, people tend to develop a certain sensitivity to them. Depending upon people and their degree of exposure, their allergic reactions vary. Such reactions can take the form of watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, coughing, swellings under the eyes, skin problems etc…. Normally a skin test or blood test is just enough to determine whether or not you are suffering from dust mites allergies.
Today, there exist various ways to have dust mites under control. The most effective of them is none other than to invest in anti-dust mite beddings & accessories (see more @www.purelifestylewonders.com). Getting hold of temperature and humidity can also help in reducing their numbers. Dust mites like warm and humid conditions. Hence, by keeping your room temperature low, they will not survive in such cold conditions. High humidity also attracts them, thus a good dehumidifier can become very handy. Besides, it is strongly advisable that you wash your sheets, blankets and pillows in very hot water to get rid of dust mites (at least every 2 weeks). For fabrics that cannot be washed with hot water, you can put them in a freezer for 24 to 48 hours; which is largely sufficient to kill all dust mites. Pets are also massive producers of dander and by keeping them far away from bedrooms & children rooms, you can limit the proliferation of dust mites. A good air purifier also works wonders against allergens (dust mite droppings). Equipped with special filters such as carbon filters or Hepa filters, they can trap up to 90% of such types of allergens.
Dust mites are practically everywhere, and this is just enough to make us sick every day. However, with certain precautions on your part, you can enjoy a healthier lifestyle all year round away from dust mites and its resulting consequences.
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