Reducing Dust Mite Allergy Symptoms With Natural Remedies

Reducing Dust Mite Allergy Symptoms With Natural Remedies

Dust Mite Allergies

Dealing with dust mite allergies can be a real drag. Unfortunately, most of the common treatments for dust mites can be almost as bad. Traditional treatments for dust mite allergies typically include; antihistamines and nasal corticosteroid sprays (which can dry out and irritate nasal passages,) decongestants (that can affect the heart if overused,) and immunotherapy (causing adverse breathing issues in rare cases.) In most cases, using the common over-the-counter remedies is not an issue, and the products work rather well and as described. However, for some people sensitive to chemicals, the cure can be as bad as the issue in the first place. This article will explore the facts about dust mite allergies and the natural remedies that will reduce the presence of dust mites and other allergies that will help you breathe easier.

What are Dust Mite Allergies?

Most people assume that dust mite allergy means they are allergic to dust mites. As crazy as this sounds, it’s not true. The real problem comes from dust mites in the form of waste materials. But who wants to be the first to say “allergic to dust mite poop?” Jokes aside, a protein named Der p1 found in dust mite fecal discharge is the cause of the allergic response.

Typical symptoms of dust mite allergies include:

• Stuffy sinuses
• Sneezing
• Rough cough
• Itchy throat and sinuses
• Red or watery eyes
• Runny nose
• Itchy and irritated skin

Natural Remedies to Help Reduce Exposure

The treatment area is the biggest difference between common over-the-counter treatments and natural remedies. Over-the-counters treat the body with chemicals, while natural treatments mainly deal with the environment. The truth of the matter is that dust mites lurk almost everywhere. Where there are dead skin cells, you will find dust mites. The worst part is no amount of cleaning, filtering, or heating will eliminate dust mites. The good news is that a few good habits and some allergy-proofing are all needed to reduce the presence of dust mites drastically.

Purchase Allergen Covers For Bedding

Washable allergy-proof covers exist for every size and shape of beds and pillows imaginable. By trapping the dust mites inside the mattress or pillow and providing a protective layer, allergy covers will reduce exposure dramatically. However, they are not a one-and-done solution; maintenance in the form of occasional washings and replacements will ensure this remedy keeps working.

Washing Bedding Weekly

It’s important to wash bedding once a week at high temperatures over 130 degrees to kill off any mites and wash away allergens. Another good remedy is to use allergy-free organic laundry soap.

Install HEPA Filters in Vacuums and Central Air Units

Since the Der p1 protein can quickly become airborne, installing HEPA filters will reduce the amount floating around, not to mention all the other allergens it will catch.

Maintain Low Humidity in The Home

Dust mites thrive in warm moist environments. By maintaining low humidity levels, you can restrict the spread and growth of dust mites by not providing a comfortable environment in the first place.

Clean With Damp Cloths

Using cloths dampened with water or cleaning oil will prevent dust from becoming airborne while cleaning. This simple change can make a huge difference and lessen the burden of dusting.

Reduce Clutter Or Remove Old Carpet

One rule to remember is if it collects dust, it collects dust mites. Reducing clutter will cut down on the places where dust mites can live and grow. The same is true for things like old carpets and hard-to-clean window coverings. Hard floors and clutter-free areas are easier to keep mite-free reducing exposure even more.

In the end, you don’t have to rely on harsh chemicals or remedies with adverse side effects. With good habits and some natural remedies, you can make your home the sanctuary you want and need.

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