Types & Tips

DUST ALLERGIES

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.

Dust Allergy Seasons

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.

Dust Allergy Symptoms

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.

Smart tips for Dust Allergy Sufferers

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.

New routine

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.

Check the label

Choose pillows, mattresses and furniture labeled "hypoallergenic."

Cover Up:

Use anti-allergen covers on mattresses, box springs and pillows.

Take it out

Remove wall-to-wall carpets from the bedroom if possible.

Regular checkups

Have your heating and air-conditioning units inspected and serviced regularly.

Dehumidify

Keep the relative humidity in your home below 50 percent. Placing a dehumidifier in damp can help accomplish this.

Dust Allergy Symptom Relief