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Does your child have a house dust mite allergy?

January 3, 2019

dust mite allergy advice for parents

If your child is struggling with asthma, eczema or constant cold-like symptoms, it could be down to a tiny creature called a house dust mite.

Living in bedding, carpets, clothes and other soft furnishings, these minuscule creatures produce droppings that contain proteins which can cause an allergic reaction.

Many people don’t even realise that they have dust mites in their home. At only about 0.3 millimetres in length, they are rarely visible to the human eye. Unfortunately, every house is infested with them. That is because they live off of human skin scales, so your home is their natural habitat.

There will also be a lot of them in your house, with a typical used mattress containing between 100,000 to 10 million mites.

Tackling a dust mite allergy

It is impossible to completely remove dust mites from your home environment. However, there are some measures you can take to reduce the likelihood of a dust mite allergy.

Follow the steps below to help clear as many mites and mite droppings from your living areas and hopefully you will see a significant reduction in any allergic symptoms that your child is experiencing.

Whilst following the above steps will go a long way towards helping you reduce the likelihood of a dust mite allergy, there are other things you can do to further reduce these irritants.

Just click here to visit the Allergy UK website for more advice on tackling dust mites and details on useful products that can aide your battle with this tiny critter.