Allergic reactions to house dust mites can cause various responses. These include wheezing, sneezing, a tight chest, a running nose as well as skin rashes. So it’s important to take measures to help you manage the allergy.
Here are some tips to help you reduce dust mites in the bedroom:
House dust mites love bedding. It’s reckoned that up to 2 million house dust mites live in the average double sized bed. So if you use scientifically tested, anti-allergy bedding covers – you should substantially reduce contact with the dust mite allergen.
Note you can buy memory foam mattresses which are classed as an allergy mattress. They are allergy resistant in that they do not provide a suitable environment for dust mites to live in. Pick quilts and pillows that are made of material in which house dust mites can’t live too
As house dust mites thrive in warm, slightly damp environments – it’s a good idea to use an electric blanket containing anti-allergy material. This will keep your bed warm and it will also deter house dust mites from settling into this dry bedding
Avoid fabric padded headboards as they gather and store dust. Either vacuum this type of board regularly or invest in a wooden headboard
Steam cleaning your bedroom and other rooms can offer some major allergen reductions. But only if you use a product that has been scientifically proven to remove allergens. You can vacuum your carpet after steam cleaning to completely remove dead mites.
Allergens in the home
Further information about reducing allergens in other parts of your home is available on the Allergy UK website. An interesting feature on this site is an interactive house map which you can click on to find allergen problem areas.