Afraid of Dust Mites? We’ve Got You Covered

bed bug and dust mite pictureIn a earlier post we looked at bed bugs (the real vampires) and discovered that I wasn’t the only person that is afraid of dust mites. Continuing our creepy crawly theme, this post is going to look at dust mites, dust mite allergy, and dust mite allergy control.

Dust Mites are the Unseen Enemy

If you are afraid of bed bugs, then you can face a fear you can actually see. Bed bugs are visible. Dust mites are so incredibly small that you can’t see them without a microscope. But photos of the buggers are enough to give anyone the heebie jeebies.

There isn’t a medical term for fear of dust mites. Doctors lump fear of dust mite picturedust mites into amathophobia, which is a fear of dust.

Some people get so creeped out by the thought of millions of these microscopic creatures crawling in the bed and pillow they actually imagine the feeling of insects crawling on their body. Just the thought makes my skin crawl. But I know that you can’t see dust mites and you can’t feel them. That’s only slightly reassuring.

Dust Mites Aren’t Vampires

At least dust mites don’t suck your blood like bed bugs. Of course that is little comfort when you can’t sleep because of sneezing, wheezing, coughing, or a stuffy or runny nose.

Dust mites and their feces (now how gross is that) contain proteins that cause an allergic reaction in people that are sensitive. That dust that you may fear is loaded with tiny particles of dead dust mites and their poop. When you breathe these particles in, your immune system gets grossed out right along with you. Not really.

What really happens is that your immune system doesn’t identify the proteins found in those dust mite particles properly. It sees them as germs and initiates full-scale germ warfare. That is why the symptoms of allergies and colds are similar. Your body thinks it is sick, but it is not. It is just having an attack of dust mite allergy.

Never Fear – Dust Mite Allergy Control is Near

You can try hypnotism, meditation, and therapy to get over your fear of dust. Controlling dust mite allergy is much easier. It’s all about controlling your environment. You may find that when your environment is under control and your allergy symptoms are manageable your fear of dust mites just naturally goes away. Here’s what you can do to get started:

zippered covers for dust mitesDust Mite Covers. The number one thing you can do to control dust mite allergies is cover your mattress, boxspring, and pillows with dust mite covers. Just like bed bug covers; dust mite proof covers are zippered and made of special fabrics. These cover all sides, zip up, and but an effective barrier between you and those nasty dust mites in your bed.

Vacuum. It’s best to have hard surface floors. Carpets and rugs collect more than dirt; they collect dust mites as well. Frequently vacuum with a sealed HEPA vacuum and damp mop hard surface floors.

Wash Frequently. Even though you zip everything up in dust mite covers, allergens will collect on your sheets, pillow cases, and blankets. An effective part of your dust mite allergy control program is stripping sheets, pillow cases, and blankets off the bed every 7 days and washing in 140°F water. If you can’t get your water this hot at home (and most people can’t) just add some De-Mite Laundry Additive to your detergent and wash in cold water. Those creepy dust mites will be washed away.

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courtesy Stuart Miles@freedigital photos

Let the Sun Shine. I know your mother told you to make your bed as soon as you arise, but leaving the bed unmade for a few hours may actually help your allergies. By exposing sheets and blankets to air and sunshine, moisture will evaporate. Dust mites don’t like dry environments and leaving your bed sheets exposed will help keep things dry. Just remember to make the bed before your Mom comes over.

Are you afraid of dust mites, bed bugs, or other insects (like spiders?). Leave a comment, we’d love to know what creeps you out.

Til next time!


Sinus Infection Detected on Dental X-Rays

You learn something new everyday in this business. That’s for sure.  I spoke with an elderly lady last week who told me her dentist had advised her to get a dust mite proof cover for her mattress.  Yes, the dentist was able to diagnose a sinus infection from her dental x-ray!

We discussed how to measure the mattress for the cover and about the different type of fabric.  We decided that she would be most happy with the AllergyCare 100% Cotton.  Still, during the entire conversation, I kept hearing a little voice in my head saying “Seriously, the dentist told her to do this?”

As soon as we ended our conversation I fired up the trusty Google search and looked for the connection between dust mites and dentists.  I was amazed.

Dentists frequently see patients with a toothache that is not a toothache.  The person has a sinus infection, usually caused by uncontrolled allergies or a recent head cold that has not been resolved.  But, they think it is a tooth that hurts when it is a sinus infection that is the source of pain.

From a dental x-ray, the dentist can see the maxillary sinus.  Because it runs next to the upper teeth, pain from this sinus area is frequently confused with a toothache.

So, if you have a toothache in that area, ask yourself if you have had a cold recently and if you are prone to sinus infections.  If you have taken an antihistamine or decongestant and the toothache went away, then your problem is probably a sinus infection. You need to see the doctor, not a dentist.

Til Next Time!

AllergyCare Cotton Dust Mite Covers

cotton dust mite covers are comfortable and effectiveIf you love the look and feel of cotton but need dust mite protection, then the AllergyCare Cotton dust mite covers were made for you.

Cotton is the most popular fiber used to make conventional bedding.  No wonder it is the fiber in our most popular allergy proof bedding.

Quality Cotton  Dust Mite Covers

AllergyCare Cotton dust mite covers are made of a specially woven fabric that stops allergens.  With an average pore size of 4.6 microns, you get a barrier cloth that stops:

  • dust mites,
  • dust mite feces,
  • molds,
  • pollens, and
  • other common household allergens.

Because each cover is sewn with double stitch construction that utilizes a minimum of 12 stitches per inch, you get a cover that lasts. The heavy duty nylon zippers are rust-proof and made to stand up to frequent use.

Choose Cotton for Comfort

If you want dust mite covers that feel like conventional bedding,  choose AllergyCare Cotton dust mite covers for comfort and protection.

These cotton dust mite covers have the look and feel of regular cotton.   They are lightweight, soft, and quiet.  You won’t feel the cotton dust mite cover at work, but you will feel the results.  You will awaken refreshed.  Gone are the stuffy noses, watery eyes, dark circles under the eyes, and the cough that keeps you up at night.

Easy Care Cotton

AllergyCare Cotton dust mite covers require no special care.  Just remove from the bed, wash in your washer and tumble dry on medium.  Don’t use water hotter than 140° and don’t use chlorine bleach.  Care of your cotton dust mite covers couldn’t be easier.  However, if you prefer to wash in cold water, you can always launder your AllergyCare Cotton dust mite covers with De-Mite Laundry Additive.

Cotton Dust Mite Covers for Every Bed

If you have it, we can cover it with  AllergyCare Cotton dust mite covers.   Zippered covers are available for:

  • Mattresses up to 18″ deep
  • Pillows (including Euro Square and Travel sizes)
  • Featherbeds and Toppers
  • Duvets

To learn more about how AllergyCare Cotton is made and the benefits from sleeping with dust mite proof bedding, read our entire article on AllergyCare Cotton.