You’ve found you’ve got an allergy to house dust mites or someone close to you has. What are dust mites?
Well, they are very small creatures who make their home in the dust which collects in the home environment. This dust sits heaviest in carpets and bed and furniture fabrics.
It’s known that house dust mites create allergic reactions in various forms. It can trigger asthma in some people and in others it can cause skin rashes. Take a look at some of these tips for reducing your allergies to dust mites in the home. Note it is actually the droppings of house dust mites which cause allergic reactions.
House dust mite reduction measures:
use a full barrier bed covering on your bed mattress, quilt and pillow. You’ll find allergy bedding products like mattresses and toppers, online or in shops
where possible, take out your carpets and replace these with hard floors
vacuum all areas often. Use a vacuum cleaner with good suction and filtered exhaust so it doesn’t spread dust. Try and damp dust where possible
Get someone else to vacuum rooms while you go out of the house
Put all the soft toys in your house into a bag. Place this in the fridge for a minimum of six hours each fortnight to destroy house dust mites
Put your sheets, quilt covers and pillowcases in a hot wash once a week. This means washing machine temperatures of 60 degrees centigrade
Clean the fabric on your furniture using anti house dust mite products and if you can,
use a dehumidifier to dry the air in the house. This measure creates harder living conditions for house-dust mites.