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Dust Mite Allergy, dust mites and their waste products are one of the most common causes of year-round allergy and asthma. About 20 million Americans have dust mite allergy. This fact sheet provides detailed information about the relationship between dust mites and allergies.
We hope that this material helps you better understand what dust mites are, how they can trigger an allergic response, and how to manage them. Please keep in mind that this information is not meant to take the place of medical advice from your physician. After learning from the pediatrician, that 7-year-old Jamie was allergic to things in the dust in their house his mother had to make a few changes to her housekeeping routine.
She started in Jamies bedroom. She covered his mattress and pillow with special dust proof covers and washed his sheets and blankets in hot water every week.
She also bought double thickness vacuum cleaner bags and was careful to vacuum the carpet when Jamie wasnt around. Jamies allergy improved remarkably and he was able to reduce his medication and did not need allergy shots after all. What is a dust mite?
Mites are primitive creatures that have no developed respiratory system and no eyes. Too small to be seen with the naked eye, a dust mite measures about one quarter to one third of a millimeter.
Under the microscope, they can be seen as whitish, eight-legged bugs. A dust mites life cycle consists of several stages, from egg to adult. Depending on the species, it takes anywhere from two to five weeks for an adult mite to develop from an egg.
Dust mites thrive in temperatures of 68-77F and relative humidity levels of 70-80. There are at least 13 species of dust mites, all of which are well adapted to the environment inside the average home. Studies show that more dust mites live in the bedroom than anywhere else in the home.
Dust mites feed primarily on the tiny flakes of human skin that people normally shed each day. An average adult person may shed up.5 grams of skin in a day, an amount that can feed one million dust mites! These flakes of skin work their way deep into the inner layers of furniture, carpets, bedding, and even into stuffed toys places where mites thrive.
What is dust mite allergy?