Do you Wake up in the Morning Itching, Wheezing and Sneezing?
Most likely it’s because you’ve got unwelcome company living in your mattress. You may think you’re getting your 40 winks alone or with your sleeping partner, but in the recesses of your older mattress, box spring and pillows you are being joined by a happy family of millions of dust mites. Unfortunately, these critters are actually the cause of many indoor allergies in both children and adults alike. Indoor allergies, especially those that emanate from your mattress, can have a profoundly negative effect on your sleep and overall health. But, the good news is that there are many easy remedies for indoor allergies caused by the dust mites in your home furnishings.
How Common are Dust Mites?
Dust mites can be found in nearly every home, including yours. The American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology approximates that 10 percent of Americans exhibit allergies due to dust mites. Like bed bugs, mites prefer warm temperatures and love the warmth, moisture and plentiful food supply in your mattress.
Because dust mites feed on human and animal skin flakes, a mattress is the perfect home for mites.
It is estimated that humans shed about 1/5 ounce of dead skin each week. This is why it is extremely important to wash your sheets every two weeks and replace pillows that are more than a year old. This can reduce the risk of infestation.
Why are they Called Dust Mites?
Dust mites get their name because a large percentage of dust particles come from microscopic particles of dust mite skin casts and feces. This is a very common cause of indoor allergies. It has been estimated that dust mites play a role in around 60% of asthma, eczema and hay fever cases. Although some individuals are predisposed to dust mite allergies, allergies can develop in any person over time and should you start to see symptoms of indoor allergies, it is wise to speak to your physician.
How Can I Combat Dust Mite Allergies?
Indoor allergies can, and are often the cause of sleep disturbances and there’s no reason you shouldn’t be getting the sleep you deserve. Manufacturers now cater to individuals with allergies by offering mattresses made with latex instead of cotton. Latex mattresses are naturally resistant because of their density and hypo-allergenic make-up and have been found to relieve the symptoms associated with allergies related to dust mites.
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