5 fun facts about the house dust mite
1. They are one of the UK's deadliest animals
BBC News named the house dust mite as "one of the UK's top man-killers". With around 1 in 5 people allergic to their droppings, the humble dust mite can trigger serious conditions, such as asthma. In fact, 90% of asthma sufferers pinpoint dust mites as a potential attack trigger.
2. There are probably around 10,000 of them in your bed
Allergy UK estimates that there are over 10,000 dust mites in the average bed. Dust mites love warmth and moisture, so they thrive in cosy beds. This equates to over two million allergenic droppings!
3. They can make you wheeze, sneeze and itch
Dust mite allergy can develop at any age. The most commonly found symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, sinusitis, wheezing, asthma and even eczema. Severely sensitive people have reported tissue swelling, joint pain and muscle aches as a result of exposure to dust mite allergens. Click here for more information on and symptoms of dust mite allergy.
4. They don't bite
Dust mites cannot bite you. However, their faeces can trigger a reaction in allergic people. Dust mite droppings contain digestive enzymes. If the droppings come into contact with your skin, then the enzyme will start trying to break that down also. This may provoke a reaction from your immune system, causing an allergic response.
5. They have an unusual biological makeup
Dust mites are made of around 75% water, are blind and cannot regulate their own body temperatures. This means that it's relatively simple to keep their numbers under control and make a big difference to your allergy symptoms. The key ways to manage their levels are to use dust mite proof bedding, allergy sprays and an air purifier or steriliser. A dehumidifier will also have a significant effect on the dust mite population, as they require warm humid air to survive.
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