Not all environmental allergies are due to little grains of pollen floating in the air. Some are due to microscopic, creepy, crawling, 8-legged creatures — dust mites. These little bugs live in higher humidity areas in the home, most likely the places that are most lived in, like the bedroom or living room. They don’t bite, but when their disintegrated bodies and waste float through the air and are breathed in, many people experience allergic reactions.

While dust mites thrive year-round, allergy symptoms are strongest in the fall months once homes are closed for the colder months.

Common dust mite allergy symptoms are:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Post nasal drip

The good news is that there are many ways to control dust mites in your home:

  • Encase pillows, mattress and box spring in plastic covers
  • Wash all pillows, bed sheets, blankets, and bed spreads every two weeks
  • Freeze bedding for several hours in order to kill the mites
  • Replace carpeted areas with linoleum, hard wood, or tile flooring
  • Vacuum furniture and carpeting regularly
  • Keep your household humidity between 30-50%

While controlling the amount of dust mites temporarily helps symptoms, there is no way to rid your home of dust mites completely. Instead, treating the cause of dust mite allergy with sublingual immunotherapy  helps the body stop reacting to the allergen.

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