About Dust Mites
What are dust mites?
Dust mites are tiny bugs - not insects per se, but more closely related to spiders and ticks. They measure about 1/100th of an inch in length, which is smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. Due to their very small size, these dust mites are not visible to the naked eye. They live in bedding, couches, carpet, stuffed toys and old clothing. Dust mites feed on the dead skin that falls off the bodies of humans and animals and on other organic material found where they live.
Dust mites love warm, humid areas filled with dust. Bed pillows, mattresses, carpets and furniture are great places for them to live.
How do dust mites affect people?
For most people, while they are disgusting, house dust mites are not actually harmful. However, the medical significance of house dust mites arises because their microscopic cast skins and feces are a major constituent of house dust that induces allergic reactions in some individuals.
For those individuals, inhaling the house dust allergen triggers rhinitis allergica or bronchial asthma. Symptoms are usually respiratory in nature (sneezing, itching, watery eyes, wheezing, etc.) but there are also reports of a red rash around the neck. Other allergic reactions may include headaches, fatigue and depression.
House dust contaminated with the fecal pellets and cast skins of dust mites is one of the most strongly allergenic materials found indoors. Estimates are that dust mites may be a factor in 50 to 80 percent of asthmatics, as well as in countless cases of eczema, hay fever and other allergic ailments.
How do I know if there are dust mites in my home?
House dust mite presence is often suspected before they are actually seen and accurately identified. Usually it happens when somebody in the household experiences any of the above symptoms.
The presence of house dust mites can be confirmed microscopically which requires collecting samples from mattresses, couches or carpets. Also, it requires the use of a microscope with sufficient magnification and the technical ability to recognize house dust mites under the microscope.
There are also diagnostic tests sold and distributed in the U.S. One must collect dust samples and mix a portion of the sample with reagents packed with the test. Then, a dipstick is placed into the mixture, and the color change then compared to a chart packed with the test.
A Small Child Continually Exposed To Dust Mite Allergens Over A Period Of Time Can Become Susceptible To Asthma Later On In Life
Allergies are on the increase. They are an unwanted response of the immune system. They result in inflammation in the eyes and nose (rhinitis), lungs (asthma) and skin (eczema) - and may contribute to migraine, hypo activity and rheumatoid arthritis.
The house dust mite excrement is one of the most widespread allergen triggers for asthma, eczema and allergic nasal mucous membrane inflammations.
This trigger was a microscopic protein found in the excrement of the dust mite. The substance, now known as the allergen Der p1, is today recognized throughout the world as the major cause of the distressing symptoms of asthma, rhinitis, eczema and other dust sensitive conditions. Those tiny creatures thrive in their millions in the warmth and humidity of carpets, mattresses, bedding, upholstery and furnishings of even the most scrupulously clean homes. They are too small to be seen without a microscope, feeding mainly on shedded human skin scales, fungi and bacteria.
Dust Mite Anti-Allergen neutralizes and renders harmless the allergen Der p1 and Der p2, the proven root cause of more than 90% of all asthma/dust attacks in the home.
Dust Mite Anti-Allergen contains powerful, yet non-toxic, natural ingredients formulated to de-nature dust mite and feline allergen, bringing immediate and positive benefit to people with asthma, rhinitis, eczema or other related conditions.
How Does Dust Mite Anti-Allergen Work?
Allergy Relief Treatment changes the shape of allergen proteins, making them unrecognizable to the body, which prevents them from causing an allergic reaction.
They are no longer "recognized" by the body's immune system and they do not bond with the antibodies sent to destroy them. This bonding process is the cause of the body's allergic response (the allergy attack).
Cycle Of Dust Mite
The house dust mite lives for approximately 4 months producing about 200 times its own body weight in excrement and laying approximately 300 eggs, making the concentration of allergens in areas we most frequent. These then in turn are the areas which require the most attention with Dust Mite Anti-Allergen.
As the dust mite excrement dries, breaks away and becomes airborne, vacuuming with conventional cleaners using conventional filters can do more harm than good by blowing out up to 40% of the dust they collect into the surrounding atmosphere. This can cause even more distress to the people with asthma or other dust related allergy problems.
Alleviating the Problem - What You Can Do
- Reduce Exposure
Special Carpet Treatments should be used to inactivate the allergen accumulated in the carpet and to reduce the mite population.
- Carpet Care
Frequent vacuuming is recommended for the removal of surface allergen from carpets. However, many vacuum cleaners leak, blowing allergy-causing particles (allergens) into the air. Allergen leakage may occur through poor connections of hosing and wands, through the dust collecting bag, around the closing seam of the unit, and through the exhaust. Allergen containment is an important consideration in evaluating the performance of your vacuum.
- Improving Vacuum Performance
You can minimize allergen leakage while vacuuming by replacing your standard vacuum bag with a high filtration multi-layer bag and by adding a vacuum exhaust filter. A high filtration vacuum bag will help to contain allergen particles, and the exhaust filter will prevent allergen particles from escaping back into the air during vacuuming. These steps are an inexpensive way to improve the performance of your existing vacuum cleaner.
- HEPA Vacuum Cleaners
A well-made HEPA vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA filter and offering a high degree of allergen containment is very effective at minimizing exposure to allergen while vacuuming. A HEPA filter added to a vacuum will retain particles at 99.97% efficiency down to 0.3 microns and will reduce the amount of airborne allergen dispersed during vacuuming. Scientific studies have shown that a vacuum with a completely sealed system is an excellent way to contain dirt and allergen particles within the machine.