Many people suffer from allergies. One of the most common is an allergy to dust mites. Mattresses and pillows are an ideal environment for dust mites, but fortunately there is something you can do about this.
People who wake up with a stuffy nose or sneezing fits in the morning. Or people whose eyes get red and start watering when they are in a room with carpeting, upholstered furniture and curtains. People who have trouble breathing at night, or who wheeze when they breathe. These are all people with typical signs of a dust mite allergy. The symptoms usually affect the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and lungs.
What Is A Dust Mite Allergy?
The faeces of dust mites are the main culprit in causing a reaction in people who are allergic to them. Dust mites are arachnids and are small, whitish insects.
They are only 0.1 to 0.6 mm in size, making them difficult to see with the naked eye. Dust mites themselves are harmless, unless you are allergic to them, of course.
How Many Dust Mites Are There?
Mattresses and pillows unfortunately offer excellent living conditions for dust mites, bacteria and mould. An average mattress is home to no fewer than two million dust mites. Every dust mite produces 200 times its own weight in faeces.
Since people usually spend an average of eight hours a day in bed, we come in close contact with dust mites’ faeces on a long-term basis. The slightest movement in bed causes all these faeces to become airborne, after which they are inhaled, and this can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Where Are These Dust Mites?
Dust mites feel most at home in dark, damp areas at a temperature of around 25°C. They feed on dead skin cells from humans, and this is why mattresses, duvets and pillows are their ideal habitats.
Dust mites are also found in clothing, carpeting, upholstery and for example in stuffed toys.
When Are Dust Mites Present?
Dust mites are actually always present and appear throughout the year. There is however an increase during colder periods, so usually during the autumn and winter.
Symptoms are worse during these seasons than at other times of year. The symptoms usually manifest themselves at night and in the morning, upon waking up.