Do Dust Mites Endanger Your Health?

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The thought of dust mites in your bed, pillows, carpet and other furniture is unsettling to say the least. House dust mites are tiny creatures that look like a cross between a spider and a lobster, and they crawl around beds, eating dead cells. You may not realize that you have a problem at first because you can’t see dust mites without a microscope, and they don’t bite. However, you may soon figure out that they’re present because of the impact they can have on your health.

Asthma

One of the worst ways that dust mites can endanger your health is by causing asthma. Rather than the inflammation of nasal passages, allergic rhinitis, you can suffer inflammation of the lungs which can make it difficult to breathe. Dust mites can also trigger a reaction in your respiratory system to constrict your airways, resulting in a shortness of breath or wheezing. These are symptoms of asthma that can be life threatening if you don’t deal with them. There are prescription medicines you can take to relieve your symptoms, but you should take proactive steps to get rid of dust mites in your apartment.

Allergies

Dust mites are notorious for causing allergies, especially allergic rhinitis. The symptoms are similar to hay fever, including a running nose and constant sneezing. The dust mites triggers a reaction that negatively impacts the immune system, causing an inflammation of the nasal passages. The symptoms will go on and on unless you get rid of the dust mites. Simply treating the sneezing and running nose won’t do much.

Development of New Allergies

Dust mites also cause individuals who have never suffered allergies before to develop new allergies. Most people become allergic to the feces and shed skin on the dust mites, and those allergies can last for a lifetime whenever dust mites are present. For this reason, it’s important to get rid of or control dust mites in your apartment.

Facial Pressure and Pain

Dust mites can cause pressure and pain in your face, due to an allergic reaction. This can occur when you inhale the feces of the dust mites or when it touches the skin. Of course you don’t set out to do this, but if you don’t eliminate dust mites, then they could be leaving all sorts of interesting things on your pillows and bed. In addition to your face hurting, the area under your eyes can get swollen. That same area will also turn blue.

Sleep Deprivation

It’s hard to sleep well when you’re sleeping with dust mites. With all the allergic symptoms they can cause, plus coughing and pain while breathing, you won’t be able to enjoy uninterrupted sleep. Sleep deprivation is a doorway to a host of many other health issues, making dust mites dangerous to your health.

Prevent or control dust mites by covering your mattress with plastic covers, and vacuum the bed and base often. Wash bedding in hot water and often. Also, reduce the humidity in your apartment, because dust mites thrive in humid places.

2 Responses to “Do Dust Mites Endanger Your Health?”

  1. April 08, 2012 at 3:47 pm, nell laswell said:

    six weeks ago I started arising fm bed and having morning short breaths, now I have it all day and I have an apt. that the filter is never dirty, but I chang very often..Apt. manager says there is nothing that they can do about it. Hardwood floors are full of dirt and clean carpet twice and still dirt comes up. Any solutiions ???

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  2. November 08, 2012 at 4:55 pm, ALICE NORIEGA said:

    I AM LIVING IN A SENIOR HOUSING OF 150 UNITS THAT HAS AS INFESTATION OF MITES AND NOW BEING TOLD THAT BEDBUGS ARE A NEW THING HERE,

    SOON I WILL BE CALLED INTO A NEW SENIOR HOME THAT IS VERY CLEAN AND WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO KEEP THESE BUGS FROM FOLLOWING ME…HAVE A PET (CAT THAT IS ALOSO BOTHERED BY THESE BUGS SHE IS AN INSIDE CAT THAT NEVER HAD A FLEA ON HER BODY BUT NOW HAS MITES IN HER EARS AND ON HER COAT,,,,,(DANDER) SHE IS BEING TREATED NOW WITH REVOLTION MEDICATION……NEED ADVICE ON HOW TO KEEP THESE BUG HERE IN THIS DIRTY APARTMENT,

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