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Dealing with dust mite allergies at home - tips to reduce allergens and get allergy relief

by Amy M. Dust Mite Allergies
Dust mites are tiny creatures, invisible to the naked eye, that live in most homes around the world. Dust mites love warm, humid environments and most commonly reside in soft furnishings such as mattresses, pillows, curtains and carpets.

Dust mites feed on organic matter, such as skin cells, pet dander, mold and bacteria. Contrary to popular belied, they are not parasites and do not bite humans. However, their waste products and body parts can trigger allergic reactions. 

How to know if you have dust mite allergies? 

To determine if you have a dust mite allergy, watch for symptoms like sneezing, runny or itchy nose, congestion, itchy skin as well as asthma symptoms. 


Particularly if they worsen at night or in the morning. Confirming the allergy typically requires a skin prick test or a specific IgE blood test, performed by an allergist.

While dust mites are invisible, there are things you can do at home to reduce their numbers and therefore reduce the allergen load: 

  • Maintain Low Humidity: Dust mites thrive in humidity. Keeping your home's humidity below 50% can significantly reduce their population. Use a dehumidifier or air conditioner to maintain a dry environment.
  • Regular Cleaning: Regular vacuuming with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner can reduce dust mites. Pay special attention to bedrooms and areas with upholstered furniture.
  • Anti-Allergen Bedding:Choose mattress protectors for dust mites, dust mite pillow protectors, and dust mite quilt covers. These covers are made with tightly woven fabric that prevents dust mites from colonizing or escaping from bedding.
  • Wash Bedding Regularly: Wash sheets, pillowcases, and blankets at least once a week in hot water (at least 130°F) to kill dust mites.
  • Remove Carpets: If possible, replace carpets, especially in the bedroom, with hard flooring. Carpets are a haven for dust mites.
  • Declutter: Reducing clutter decreases the number of places dust mites can live. Keep surfaces clean and uncluttered.
  • Air Purifiers: Using air purifiers with HEPA filters can capture dust mite particles and other allergens from the air.
  • Avoid Heavy Drapes and Soft Furnishings: Opt for blinds or washable curtains and avoid plush furniture to minimize dust mite habitats.

By making these simple changes in your home, you will be able to reduce allergens and gain allergy relief.  

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