Everything You Need to Know About Dust Mites

A dust mite causing a boy to sneeze and have allergies

If you haven’t purchased a new mattress in a long time, chances are you might have some unwanted guests sleeping too close for comfort. They are smaller than a grain of sand, a reason for 70% of your respiratory allergies, and call the mattress you sleep on their home. These tiny, invasive creatures are dust mites.

What is a Dust Mite?

Dust mites are microscopic bugs that feed on your dead skin cells. They are only about 0.4 millimeters in length, making it impossible to see them with the naked eye, and they thrive in warm, humid environments. Anywhere you have fabric, there’s potential for dust mite allergens to reside, but the warmth and humidity in your bed make it a more hospitable place than other areas of your home.

Should I be Worried About Dust Mites?

Dust mites can cause allergies and allergic reactions whilst you sleep. The best way to determine if you have a dust mite allergy is to examine your symptoms. You may experience sneezing, congestion, difficulty breathing, red, itchy eyes, or a runny nose. While they can be subtle, try to determine if you have symptoms that only show up at night or if you wake up with symptoms that disappear once you’re out of bed. It would be smart to get an allergy test from your health care provider if you are unsure.  

How to Get Rid of Dust Mites

The best ways to reduce dust mites in your sheets, pillows, and bed are to wash your sheets regularly in hot water, switch out your pillows about once a year, and make sure you buy a new mattress every 5 to 10 years. Investing in a mattress protector is also a great way to add an extra layer of safety between you and the invisible attackers.

At Replacement Mattress, we understand the importance of a good night’s sleep, and dealing with pesky dust mite allergies can interfere with that. If your mattress is beyond saving, we offer high-quality mattresses and mattress protectors so you can be sure dust mites will not disrupt your nightly slumber.

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