Asthma, Allergies and Dust Mites
Did you know that you could be sharing your bed with anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million dust mites?
These microscopic organisms, which are related to spiders, live in many homes. Too small to see with the naked eye, dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments - eating dead skin cells and nesting in dust-collecting bedding, fabric, carpet and furnishings.
The residue that dust mites leave behind in the form of their feces and decaying bodies mixes with dust and becomes airborne. Inhaling the residue can cause allergy symptoms, including wheezing, sneezing, watery eyes and runny nose.
If you have a dust mite allergy, you may exhibit the signs and symptoms of hay fever (allergic rhinitis).
Dust mite allergy symptoms may include:
- Runny nose
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
- Swollen, blue-colored skin under your eyes
- Postnasal drip
- Facial pressure and pain
If you have asthma, you may also experience increased signs and symptoms of asthma, such as:
- Lung congestion
- Shortness of breath
You may be especially prone to asthma attacks at night, when sleeping in a bed infested with dust mites. A dust mite allergy can range from mild to severe. A mild case of dust mite allergy may result in an occasional runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing. In severe cases, the condition is chronic - resulting in, for example, persistent wheezing, sneezing, congestion and facial pressure.