Dust Mite Allergy

Allergy to dust? This allergy is actually caused by the allergens in the powder. An allergen is a substance that can cause an allergy. One of these allergens is the dust mite or domestic mite, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus.

Rather, what causes the allergy is not the mite itself, but its fecal particles. In the dust, a multitude of waste are concentrated like the scales of our skin (from which the mites feed) and that is why these microorganisms live in the dust.

In some cases allergy to house dust mites can cause or worsen asthma, especially in children.

But … what is a dust mite? Dust mites or house mites are tiny insects (we can not see them with the naked eye because they only measure between 0.2 and 0.5 millimeters), they are a subclass of arachnids that, as indicated above, can act as allergens. They live around us because they feed on our dead skin cells. Mites are responsible for half of the allergies we suffer. Even carrying a very strict personal and household hygiene we would not eliminate all the mites, but we can take some measures to reduce their number and alleviate the symptoms that mite allergy can cause.

Although we suffer mites throughout the year, as they prefer hot and humid climates, spring and autumn are clearly the worst times for people with allergies to dust mites.

Through various medical tests allergy specialists can know if the allergy we suffer is mites.

Symptoms of allergy to dust mites or house mites

  • Rhinitis
  • Asthma
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Itchy nose and frequent sneezing
  • The nose drips or is plugged
  • Red, watery eyes
  • The eyes itch and are irritated
  • Eczema, itching and irritated skin

Home remedies for allergies to dust mites

  • As dust mites are mainly inside offices and homes, try to ventilate the house at least once a day to renew the air.
  • If you use air conditioning, make sure that the filters are clean and that the dust does not accumulate.
  • To clean dust from shelves, tables, etc. you only need to use a cloth of wet natural fabric and a few drops of an essential oil such as thyme, cinnamon, oregano, basil, tea tree, eucalyptus, clove, lemon, verbena, cypress or lavender.
  • For the floors use a little white vinegar and if you have carpets or carpets it is better to use a powerful vacuum cleaner with steam option to use it once a week.
  • Keep your four-legged friends as clean as possible and usually comb them
  • Clean the mattress with steam and let it dry completely in a well ventilated area. You can also use a vacuum cleaner that has the option to clean the mattresses.
  • Wash curtains, covers of sofas and bedding (sheets, bedspread, pillow, cushion, blanket, stuffed animals, etc.) at more than 50º and, if possible, at 60ºC. Add in the wash an essential oil of those mentioned above. The bedding should be changed a minimum of once a week and during the summer it should be changed more often, since, the bed becomes an ideal place where the mites thrive without limit because they have the perfect conditions for Do it: heat and humidity (from our sweat).
  • One of the best medicinal plants for the symptoms of dust allergy is thyme. Prepare an infusion of this plant by throwing a teaspoon of dried plant per cup. Add very hot water (do not boil), cover the cup and let stand 5 minutes. Then you sneak and drink little by little when it gets cold.
  • You can also use sage by preparing it just like thyme.
  • If the allergy becomes annoying and quite pronounced, you can make this bar at home to alleviate allergy symptoms.
  • Making vapors with eucalyptus essential oil is a very useful remedy for these cases
  • Butterbur (Petasites hypridus) is a medicinal plant with great effectiveness to improve the symptoms of allergies. It is taken as an infusion as thyme or sage.

The more we are exposed to dust, the more likely we are to develop allergies to dust mites.