Asthma is a serious respiratory condition that affects more than 9% of the U.S. population. One of every 13 people experience this potentially deadly condition that causes swelling of the airways. Once the airways swell, they become narrower which constricts the air flow between the nose and mouth to the lungs. Symptoms include trouble breathing, wheezing, coughing and tightness in the chest.
Asthma attacks are often caused by allergens that enter the lungs. It is important for those who have allergy-triggered Asthma to know what the causes are so that they can be avoided.
One of the most common allergens to trigger Asthma is dust mites. But it isn’t the bug – it is their fecal waste. How very unpleasant! Within these fecal pellets, there is a protein that triggers the allergic response. A dust mite life cycle is between 65-100 days and within that timeframe, it will produce around 2,000 fecal pellets. And there could be millions of these poopers within your home.
The main problem with is that dust mites are everywhere! They feed on the sloughed off dead skin cells of humans (and other animals) and they congregate in all the ‘textile’ locations within the home. Primary targets are bedding, linens, carpets, mattresses, pillows, and upholstered furniture as they house these allergen monsters beautifully with a never-ending supply of food. They are microscopic, and their feces get into the air easily. Inhaling the fecal pellets can provoke a strong allergic response which can trigger asthma in some people.
An allergy to dust mites can cause sneezing, runny nose and itchy or watery eyes when you are vacuuming or dusting. If you enter a dusty room and these symptoms appear, it is practically concrete proof of a dust mite allergy. However, for a person with asthma, it may also cause wheezing, chest tightness or difficulty breathing.
If you suspect you or a loved one has allergy-triggered Asthma caused by dust mites, here are some steps to minimize the risk.
Minimize humidity in the home as these pests love a moist environment.
Beef up ventilation if possible. Re-circulating the same air merely continues exposure to the fecal pellets.
Keep mold and dust to a minimum by washing bed sheets at least weekly, vacuuming carpets and rugs weekly as well.
Treat your home, furniture and bedding with a safe, natural pest control product that will control dust mites.
To control the dust mites, treat the linens and bedding with the safe, natural product as you change the sheets. Weekly applications on the carpet, bedding and upholstered furniture works wonders. Adding some of the safe, natural product to the laundry adds an additional layer of protection.
While Asthma sufferers continue to be triggered by dust mites, minimizing them within the home will reduce the discomfort tremendously. And that is nothing to sneeze at!