If you suffer from allergies or asthma, tiny dust mites could be making you sick!
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), dust mites feed on the tiny flakes of human skin that people shed each and every day.
How to get rid of dust mites in your home
Although they’re too small to see with your eyes, dust mites look like white bugs under a microscope.
For many people with allergies or asthma, dust mites are a major trigger. These are just a few of the common symptoms that you may want to talk to your doctor about:
- Runny nose
- Itchy, red or watery eyes
- Stuffy nose
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness or pain
- Whistling or wheezing sound when breathing out
While you may need medicine to manage your allergy or asthma symptoms, the first line of defense is to limit your exposure to dust mites in the first place.
But that may be easier said than done…
AAFA reports the average adult sheds up to 1.5 grams of skin every day, which is enough to feed one million dust mites!
A healthy home expert recently told NBC News that there are three places where dust mites thrive in homes and shared some useful tips to get rid of them:
- Toys – Put each toy in the freezer for 24 hours to kill dust mites
- Mattresses and pillows – Buy an allergen barrier cover to put over your mattress and pillows
- Air vents – Vacuum every time you do a routine cleaning
AAFA said more dust mites live in the bedroom than any other room in the house, so it’s best to avoid carpeting, curtains, upholstered furniture and down-filled covers and pillows.
And always wash sheets, blankets and rugs in hot water (130 degrees) weekly to kill dust mites.