Natural Remedies for Dust Mite Allergies
Over 60 million Americans have an indoor allergy. And dust mite allergy is probably the toughest one to fight.
Dust mites are insects, so tiny that hundreds could fit on the head of a pin. They eat dust as well as dead skin and hair cells that our bodies shed. That’s why they live where those cast-off cells collect: in mattress and pillow fibers, towels, clothing, carpeting and upholstery. Mites also eat animal fur and dander, so they gather where pets eat, sleep and play.
The actual cause of dust mite allergy is Der p1, an invisibly small protein particle found in mite droppings. In a lifetime, mites produce 200 times their weight in droppings, all of them full of Der p1. Instantly airborne, these allergen particles can travel for many yards. That’s why no amount of cleaning can eliminate them. They’re everywhere.
In most people Der p1 is totally ignored by the body. In sensitive adults and children, however, the immune system mistakes it for a dangerous virus or bacteria. In an effort to eliminate infection, antibodies rush to the nose, eyes, lungs and surface skin where they bind to Der p1 particles, trying to destroy them. It’s the binding process that actually causes symptoms such as puffy-red eyes, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, headache, itchy skin, hives or rashes, exhaustion, shortness of breath, even arthritis-like joint pain.
Experts know that dust mite allergy is a cumulative response to Der p1. In other words, prolonged exposure to mites will eventually lead to an allergic response. Children are at highest risk. In fact, living in a home with high levels of Der p1 makes any youngster 500% more likely to develop asthma.
Use an indoor allergy neutralizer. All-natural Easy Air Organic Allergy Relief Spray and Organic Allergy Relief Laundry Rinse are good examples. They instantly destroy Der p1 and the benefits last for weeks.
Use pillows filled with polyester fibers instead of feathers.
Wash bedding weekly in very hot water (over 130 F) and dry it in a hot dryer.
Vacuum carpets at least twice a week. Use a vacuum with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter. Experts say that this can eliminate up to 90% of the contaminants that provoke dog allergy symptoms.