Dust mite allergy symptoms
So, where do dust mites live? The bad news for allergy sufferers is that dust mites are everywhere. They live in carpets, sofas, soft furnishings, pillows and beds – anywhere where there is a warm, humid environment. Unfortunately for sufferers, dust mites can feed on their chosen foodstuff – fungus which has been created from flakes of human skin.
Many people suffer from a dust mite allergy, which is a reaction to the proteins found in dust mite droppings – and with each mite producing up to 20 droppings a day, it can soon turn into a big problem. Common dust mite allergy symptoms include sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and itchy skin at night with the allergy often associated with asthma or eczema.
For sufferers, the one place where they are most susceptible is the bed – as this is a favourite haunt of the dust mite. Your allergies to dust and the mites can lead to a disrupted night’s sleep as you scratch, sneeze and cough throughout the night. The question is – how to stop dust mites? We have good news. Follow our top tips below to help prevent dust mites in your home and you’ll be sleeping through the night in no time.
How to stop dust mites taking over your sleep
Dust mites like warm, moist environments. This is where they thrive, building colonies of tens of thousands. To reduce the amount of dust mites in your home, the key is to reduce the number of places where they can thrive. There are a number of steps you can take to do this, including:
- Opt for 100% wool carpets or hard floors over synthetic carpets: Wool maintains a drier environment and hard floors are a difficult space for dust mites to settle and have a lower opportunity to be a food source for dust mites.
- Choose venetian blinds over fabric drapes: Again, the hard surface is less inviting for mites.
- Reduce unnecessary soft furnishings: That doesn't have to mean ditching all the scatter cushions - but reducing the number will make your home less mite-friendly.
- Damp-wipe surfaces rather than dusting them: This traps the mites and removes them. Remember to pay extra attention to unseen surfaces too, such as pelmet tops, windowsills, and the tops of cupboards and doors. If there is dust, then there’s a good chance there are dust mites too.
- Vacuum all upholstered furniture, such as sofas and chairs, regularly: To keep colonies at bay, keep dust levels as low as possible by vacuuming soft, upholstered furniture.
- Keep your home well ventilated: This will help reduce humidity.
While these measures will help with reducing dust mites in your home, you’ll never be able to eradicate them completely. The good news is that you can take steps to make your home less pleasant for them – and improve your dust mite allergy symptoms in the process.
How to stop dust mites getting comfy in your bed
If allergies at night are keeping you awake, then eliminating dust mites from your bedroom – and bedding – is the key to getting a better night’s sleep. If you’ve already taken the steps above and dealt with flooring and curtains, there are a few more things you can do to keep the mites away:
- Choose wool bedding: Wool is a natural fiber that wicks moisture away from the body and then desorbs (releases) it from the bedding, creating an environment too dry for dust mites to survive in. This makes it the ideal hypoallergenic bedding for helping with allergies at night. What’s more, unlike other materials, wool bedding doesn’t need to be washed at extremely high temperatures to stay allergy-friendly. Its natural anti-bacterial properties mean that it doesn’t really need to be washed at all, but if there is a spill it can be washed at 30°C, making it kind to the environment too.
- Hot wash teddies: Just like soft furnishings and cushions, toys can harbor dust mites too. Fortunately, dust mites don’t like hot water. So for children’s rooms, make sure that stuffed toys are washed frequently in water that is above 60°C.
- Freeze favourite toys: If a favourite bear is unlikely to withstand a hot wash, then place it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for 12 hours as dust mites don’t like the extreme cold either.
Take these steps to reduce allergies to dust, particularly at night – and sleep better.
Learn more about dust mites in your home. Watch our video with Dr. Christian Jessen and discover how you can overcome the little critters.
by Alanna Satterwhite
23 Aug 2021
27 Dec 2020
Wool bedding doesnt attrack dust mites as there is no source of food for them due to the bedding returning to a dry state once you are out of bed. The washing of the bedding with the woolite will be fine if you have the machine washable range but the reastion could be from something else that attracts dust mites like a rug, curtains, carpets. Could it be any of those instead?
23 Oct 2020
Can you confirm?
Dust mites are not attracted to wool in a dry state as there is no food source for them so as long as the wool is dry then there wont be any dustmites.
by Joanne Loxton
10 Jul 2020
30 May 2020
26 Aug 2019
20 Jun 2019
Thank you for taking the time to leave us this review. A sheepskin rug works in exactly the same way as our bedding. It'll resist dust mites incredibly well, and even has an incredible ability to lock in VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), which essentially means it's an air purifier :)
Hope this helps,
26 Nov 2018