Allergies can be a real problem to live with and there are lots of things that can cause allergies. Airborne particles in dust are one of the most common allergies, and the winter can be a much more challenging time to have a dust allergy.
Dust allergies are not actually caused by dust itself most of the time but actually by the dust mites. These tiny creatures thrive in human homes, as they live off the dead skin cells that we shed. The waste droppings that the mites produce are then spread around the home, and in the bedroom in particular as this is where most dust mites can be found.
Symptoms of a dust mite allergy range from mild to severe. Runny nose, swollen eyes and sneezing are all common signs that you may be allergic to dust mites, and during the winter when the windows are shut and the heating is on, this can be worsened. Partly because warm and humid conditions are good for dust mites, and also because you are not having windows open as much which doesn’t air out the room.
Here are some of the things that you can do in the home to reduce the dust mites and therefore improve your symptoms if you are allergic to them…
Protect the Bed – Most dust mites will be found around the bed, so make sure that you change bedding regularly and that it is washed at over 60 degrees Celsius to kill the mites on the bedding. Regularly hoovering your mattress with a high filtration HEPA filter vacuum cleaner can also help.
Use Air Conditioning – Air conditioning can greatly improve the air quality in your home and can filter out pollutants in the air which trigger allergies. It is a great way to clean your air and not have to open a window – contact a company like this air conditioning Stroud based company acecc.co.uk/air-conditioning-near-me/air-conditioning-stroud to find out more about air conditioning units that can help you with this.
Replace Carpets with Hard Flooring – Carpets are another place where many dust mites will live, so replacing carpets with hard flooring can reduce your dust mite population. Steam cleaning the floor regularly can also help to remove any mites.