In this post I am going to briefly touch on the dust mite allergy symptoms and possible complications that can arise. This leads on from two previous posts which looked at where house dust comes from and also the biology and life of a house dust mite. It’s an unfortunate fact that dust mites are found in all homes whether in North America, Europe or Asia and it is impossible to get rid of them completely from any interior. With this in mind it’s important to know what to look for if you are worried about dust mite allergies.
One of the favourite places for a dust mite to reside is in your bed. Each night we sleep in bed with thousands of little guests we have never invited into our home. They are microscopic and thrive in warm conditions. House dust mite allergy is basically a hypersensitive reaction to the proteins found in a dust mite’s excrement. Yes, it’s not so much the dust mite itself that you’re allergic to but their poo. This protein attacks the respiratory system and causes such ailments as asthma and hay fever. It can also aggravate other illnesses people might already suffer from.
When the proteins in the house dust mite’s faeces touches the skin or is inhaled, the body produces antibodies. This natural body defence mechanism results in a release of a chemical called histamine. Unfortunately, this leads to irritation and swelling in the respiratory passages which causes the various symptoms. Not everyone has this body reaction and the predisposition to dust mite allergy is in most cases hereditary.
The main symptoms to look out for if you suspect you have house dust mite allergy are a runny nose, watery eyes, hay fever like sneezing and general all body itching. If you have difficultly breathing, this might also be a symptom, especially if you have just changed bedding, folded clothes or vacuum cleaned flooring. In more serious cases, a form of eczema can also occur. If you have all these symptoms and also have trouble sleeping each night, then it is well worth a check-up at your local doctors. They will give some skin and possibly blood tests to determine if you have dust mite allergies.
There are a number of remedies you can take to combat the symptoms of dust mite allergy but the best way to deal with this is through prevention. In the next and final post of this dust mite series I will explore the most effective ways of reducing the amount of dust mites in your home. Please subscribe to Home Interior Design Themes to be kept up to date with the regular postings.