Allergies come in varying shapes, forms and sizes.
And they sprout from an excess of sources, impacting human beings in a wide range of intensities.
Starting from a few chokes to intensifying into a series of AA-CHOOS, dust mites in particular are to be blamed.
While you can take a few anti-allergy medications or even antibiotics to cope with the situation temporarily, getting rid of the allergies altogether is smarter approach.
The ultimate way to do that is by understanding these allergens – such as dust mites.
All You Need to Know About Dust Mites
Dust mites have been coexisting with us. However, it is only in 1964 that they were discovered. These are very tiny (almost undetectable to the naked eye) and reside in linens, furniture, clothing and just about everywhere.
Often termed as minuscule arachnids due to their strange resemblance with small spiders, dust mites have a length of around 1/3mm. Dust mites crawl using their 8 legs, and are typically blind. Their existence doesn’t reflect an unhygienic home. That’s because in spite of your routine cleaning and dusting, you fail to exterminate them.
Dust mites have muggy pads at the rear side of its legs, allowing them to sturdily attach to the carpet and holster fibers. This is why they look for deep areas to reside.
Dust mites primarily belong to the Dermatophagoides family. Here’s a quick fact: Dermatophagoides is a Latin word which means “skin eating”. However, dust mites are not known to bite, spread illnesses, or survive on human skin.
Before you breathe a sigh of relief, know that dust mites survive on atomic particles of our skin cells. And according to statistics, we humans shed nearly 50 million skin cells on a daily basis.
However, it is important to know that dust mites do provoke some nasty allergies among people by leaving their waste behind.
Another statistic says that around 90% of people represent skin reactions to detritus dust mite, whilst 10% of the population is responsive to their feces.
The commonly found house dust comprises nearly 15 powerful allergens that provoke and set off allergic reactions.
Surprisingly, dust mite feces makes up for around 80-90% of the overall house dust allergens.
That being said, getting control over dust mites is one of the most imperative things to do in order to reduce chances of asthma and allergies.