Dust mites are microscopic mites that live in vast quantities within any house. They especially like to live in soft furnishings, carpets, curtains and beds. It is not the dust mite itself that we are allergic to, rather its faecal pellets. Dust mites do not bite.
Dust mite allergies most commonly affect the nasal passages. Typical symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, rhinitis (hayfever), as well as sinusitis, with related headaches and ear blockages.
Tips to reduce dust mite allergies:
- Cover the mattress and pillows with a mite proof cover. Avoid wool underlay.
- Replace feather and down pillows, bed quilts and cushions with cotton or synthetic products.
- Wash sheets, towels and pillow cases regularly in hot water.
- Avoid carpet floor covering and reduce heavy fabric furnishings.
- Vacuum weekly and use a face mask when vacuuming and dusting.