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Dust Mite Allergies
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Dust Mite Allergies

When the sun beams in, lighting up the dust floating in the air, I try not to think of what I know about dust. It not only contains fibers, dander, and other particles from the home, but it contains hundreds of eight-legged creatures called dust mites. It’s these mini-arachnids, or rather, the waste products from these little pests, that trigger symptoms in the 20 million Americans who are allergic to dust. Dust mite allergies are the most common cause of year-round allergy and asthma.

A dust mite allergy is an immune system reaction to the proteins that dust mites shed. This reaction triggers inflammation in the lining of the nasal passages (allergic rhinitis), causing sneezing, runny nose and other signs and symptoms usually associated with hay fever.

Where dust mites live

Mites are found in pillows, mattresses, carpeting and upholstered furniture. They float in the air when these things are disturbed, like when you vacuum or simply get into bed.  They thrive in temperatures between 68 and 77 degrees, the range that most of our homes are kept. The only place they can’t survive is in super dry climates. Dust mites are tough, but not impossible to escape.

What you can do

There are many products you can purchase to reduce exposure to dust mites such as mite proof mattress and pillow covers. Learn more about controlling dust mites

Contact us today for treatment of your dust mite allergy. We can help.

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