Dust mites present an extraordinary challenge for people with eczema. It is believed that dust mites may incite up to 90% total of all eczema flare ups. There are a number of things you can do to get rid of dust mites. It begins with getting rid of their main food source.
Why is this challenge extraordinary?
I called this challenge an extraordinary one because it is a huge problem if left untreated. Once you do treat it, you may very well find that there is nothing in your home that causes your eczema to flare anymore. Treating dust mites primarily involves getting rid of their source of food.
What do dust mites eat?
Dust mites eat dander, whether it is human dander (dead skin, hair and fingernails) or animal dander. As far as humans are concerned, people may spend up to 1/3 of their lifetime in their beds, and this is the place where the highest levels of dust mite concentrations can be found.
How do you cut off their food source?
Gortex is the main material that is used to cut off the food source of dust mites as they apply to your bed. You enclose your bedding in a gortex covering.
Is it expensive to cut off this source?
To dust mite proof your bed is not really expensive when you consider the benefits to be gained from it. It is a one time purchase that should last indefinitely with good care, providing you with constant relief from the single purchase.
How long before I recognize a difference?
You will not notice a difference immediately. It will take a few weeks. The coverings will stop the influence of the mite right away but it is their excrements that incites the allergies. As time passes, you will notice a reduction in symptoms, as more and more of the mites leave your surroundings.
Will this cut out the problem entirely?
Treating your bed alone will not completely get rid of the problem. Your bed is just the number one place where the mites want to live. Be aware that when I say your bed, I am speaking of the place where you sleep. If you sleep on a couch, consider that couch your bed.
What else can I do to get rid of them?
You can do good housekeeping in the effort to keep your environment as dust free as possible. Use vacuums with filters that trap dust instead of blowing it around the room, and get rid of carpets and fabric covered furniture and replace them with hard floors and impermeable coverings in the case of furniture.
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