A common trigger for indoor allergies, dust mites can be found in the dust particles that collect naturally around the house. While dust mites are found throughout homes, they are more prevalent in humid areas of the house.These microscopic creatures live off our dead skin cells, hiding in the fibers of pillows, mattresses, blankets, and carpets.
There is a higher occurrence of dust mites in the summer than the winter due to the increased humidity levels of summer. However, if you live in a warmer, more humid climate, dust mites are prevalent all year-round.
Some common symptoms of a dust allergy may include sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, and nasal congestion. Allergy testing by an allergist can verify whether you’re reacting to dust mites or have an allergy to another substance, such as pollen, pet dander, or mold.
While dust mites are hard to get rid of, there are a number of things you can do to reduce your exposure to these allergens.
Help reduce your exposure to dust allergens by wearing a dust mask and gloves, dusting with a damp sponge or mop, and using a vacuum with a HEPA filter or double bag.
Choose pillows, mattresses and furniture labeled "hypoallergenic."
Use anti-allergen covers on mattresses, box springs and pillows.
Remove wall-to-wall carpets from the bedroom if possible.
Have your heating and air-conditioning units inspected and serviced regularly.
Keep the relative humidity in your home below 50 percent. Placing a dehumidifier in damp can help accomplish this.