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.

sunshine by stuart miles
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!

Cheryl

Primaloft is the Superior Down-Alternative Comforter

If you have allergies and you love down, your bedding choices have down bedding contributed to allergiesbeen a bit of a downer.  Face it, most materials that have been manufactured to be an alternative to down are just down-right awful. They clump, they lump, they just aren’t down.  That’s until Primaloft perfected the down-alternative and created a down-alternative comforter that feels just like down!

Air is Nature’s Insulator

Down is made up of the feathers from various birds.  The feathers form little balls that trap air.  Down is such a comfy filling for a comforter because feathers don’t weigh much and the air they trap doesn’t weigh much.  However, the air is a great insulator.  It’s what makes down and wool warm.  But unlike wool, down doesn’t weigh much.  So, you get warmth without much weight.

The Problem with Down Comforters

Down comforters are warm and provide a comforting weight.  However, the feathers inside are magnets for dust mites.  Unlike wool, which has lanolin, down doesn’t have any natural property to repel dust mites.

Some people are actually allergic to the feathers themselves, but this is not as common as an allergy to the dust mites they harbor.

Another negative to down is keeping them clean.  Most down comforters are destroyed by washing and drying.  The fill clumps and lumps and feathers poke through the cover.  It’s a mess.

Primaloft is the Down-Alternative Solution

Finally, down lovers have a solution – Primaloft.  The patented Primaloft fill is a synthetic fiber with all the good properties of down and none of the bad.   In addition, Primaloft can be safely washed and dried over and over again.  Hotels and resorts have used Primaloft fill for luxury bedding for years.  Now it is available for home use through The Allergy Store.

Primaloft Down-Alternative Comforters

Down Alternative Comforter

Primaloft Down Alternative Comforters are the perfect alternative to down.   Each comforter is filled with Primaloft fill treated with an antimicrobial to prevent the growth of molds and bacteria.   They are covered in a silky smooth 230 thread count Cambric cotton fabric that feels simply silky against your face as you cuddle in comfort.

When it’s time to freshen your down-alternative comforter up, there are no worries and no fuss.  Just pop in the washer and dry in the dryer.  No expensive dry cleaning process is needed.

Treat Your Loved Ones – Treat Yourself

Winter is just around the corner.  Those long cold nights will be much more comfortable when you snuggle with a Primaloft-filled Down-Alternative Comforter.  A Down-Alternative Comforter is a gift that says you want to cuddle them with comfort night after night.

Treat them or treat yourself.  Either way, you get free shipping and friendly service with each Primaloft purchase from The Allergy Store

Til Next Time!

Cheryl

Silk and Wool Bedding for Comfort and Protection

As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, it’s time to start thinking about ways to sleep healthy and stay warm at the same time. Natural fibers are a natural choice for bedding. While all fibers will collect allergens, silk and wool have naturally allergy-resistant properties, making them a great choice for allergy-resistant bedding.

Silk

Silk has been famous for years as a luxury bedding fiber. But did you know that silk is also a great choice for naturally allergy-resistant bedding?

mulberry silk is naturally allergy-resistant
silkworms on mulberry leaves courtesy Sura Nuralpradid

Silk regulates body temperature and wicks moisture away. It creates a dry, comfortable sleeping environment that is perfect for you and anathema to dust mites. Silk is about half the weight of wool and is an extremely strong fiber. Silk bedding has many of the positive attributes of wool without the bulk. However, silk bedding is not washable. It can be refreshed by exposure to sunlight. The silk comforters and blankets offered at The Allergy Store are all made of 100% mulberry silk. The fibers from silkworms fed on an exclusive diet of mulberry leaves is the finest silk available.

Wool

Wool has been prized for thousands of years as a fiber that regulates wiik makes naturally allergy-resistant beddingbody temperature naturally. Wool is cool in summer because it wicks away moisture. It is warm in winter because the air pockets between the fibers serves as little pockets of insulation. Manufacturers have tried for years without success to come up with a synthetic material that can replace wool. They may come close to replicating the shape of the fiber, but wool has one thing a synthetic material will never have lanolin. Lanolin makes wool naturally:

  • mold resistant,
  • antibacterial,
  • dust mite resistant.

Also, since wool does not retain moisture, it creates a dry habitat for dust mites. Dust mites don’t like dry environments! Even if you don’t have allergies, studies show that wool night clothes and bedding increases total sleep time, promotes sleep onset and improves sleep efficiency. Wool bedding is naturally flame retardant, so it needs no chemical treatments to make it fire resistant.

Allergy-Resistant Bedding Made from Wool

wool is ideal allergy-resistant bedding fiberWool is a renewable resource for allergy-resistant bedding. No sheep are harmed in the harvesting of wool. The Allergy Store carries a wide variety of wool comforters and mattress pads. In addition, wool is a key component in our organic crib mattress.

Organic Wool Comforters. The Allergy Store carries organic Merino wool comforters by Sleep and Beyond. These marvelous wool comforters are filled with naturally soft, naturally allergy-resistant Merino wool and covered in a certified organic 300 thread count cotton fabric. You can spot clean them and expose to sunlight to refreshen them.

Washable Wool Comforters. In addition to organic Merino wool comforters, washable Shropshire wool comforters are also available. This Shropshire wool is washed to prevent felting (what we call shrinking) to create a wool fiber that provides all the benefits of wool with the bonus of washability. The washable wool comforters at The Allergy Store are covered in a luxurious 300 thread count cotton percale that is perfect for year around sleeping.

Wool Mattress Pads. The Allergy Store carries a variety of allergy-resistant wool mattress pads. From reversible styles in natural wool and cotton to organic Merino wool mattress pads, you will find the allergy-resistant bedding you need at prices you will love.   Wool provides loft, comfort, and keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter. Many people with joint disease report sleeping better on wool.

Silk and Wool Bedding Makes a Great Gift

It’s not too late to be thinking about holiday gifts. Show how much silk makes naturally allergy-resistant beddingyou care with a gift of natural wool or silk bedding. This is a gift that shows you care enough to make them comfortable night after night after night. Comfort, luxury, and natural allergy-resistance come with every wool and silk product.

Maybe you should treat yourself!

Til Next Time

Cheryl