Curb an Allergic Reaction to Dust Mites

January 10th, 2012
By Brandon Boyewsky

The winter months can be an uncomfortable time for dust mite allergy sufferers. Increased time indoors leads to prolonged exposure, which can exacerbate symptoms. Completely removing mites can be difficult, but knowing what actions can reduce exposure and thus curb the frequency and strength of allergic reactions will make home life much more comfortable. Sweep Home Chicago can assist with this task.

According to the Mayo Clinic, dust mites eat skin cells shed by people, and they thrive in warm, humid environments. In most homes, bedding, upholstered furniture and carpeting provide an ideal environment for dust mites. While dust mites are too microscopic to bite or sting, their presence can be felt in other ways, as illustrated below.

Common symptoms of an allergic reaction to dust mites include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, red or watery eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
  • Postnasal drip
  • Cough
  • Facial pressure and pain
  • Frequent awakening
  • Swollen, blue-colored skin under your eyes

These symptoms can often be confused with the common cold. However, for an allergy sufferer in a home infested with dust mites, this ‘cold’ never ends unless action is taken to remediate the problem. Fortunately, there are several effective steps you can take to combat dust mites.

The following are a few steps one can take to reduce exposure to dust mites:

  • Use allergen-proof bed covers
  • Wash bedding weekly
  • Keep humidity low
  • Choose bedding wisely
  • Buy washable stuffed toys
  • Remove dust
  • Vacuum regularly
  • Cut clutter
  • Remove carpeting and other dust mite habitats wherever possible

One of the most effective options to combat the allergic reaction brought on by dust mites is to hire a professional cleaning service. Consistent, professional steam cleaning can remove remaining offending allergens by thoroughly rinsing and extracting carpet and upholstery. Even if your upholstery cannot be steam cleaned, proper solvent cleaning will give you similar results. Having your home and furnishings professionally cleaned on a regular basis will help you stay healthier and more comfortable.

The professional cleaning services offered by Sweep Home Chicago can work with you to combat any suspected dust mite issues. We strive to make our service as convenient as possible to complement your lifestyle and schedule. Your comfort is our number one concern!

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