Dust Mite Allergies in Winter

Now that winter has finally arrived, even in Southern California, those of us with allergies and sensitivities to winter triggers are in for our more difficult time of year. Dust mite allergies are one of the most common and worsen in the winter.

What are Dust Mites?

“House dust mites are microscope bugs that primarily live on dead skin cells regularly shed from humans and their animal pets. Dust mites are generally harmless to most people. They don’t carry diseases, but they can cause allergic reactions in asthmatics and others who are allergic to their feces. People sometimes confuse dustmites with bed bugs.” Environment, Health, and Safety Online

Unlike bed bugs, dust mites live everywhere. They are in your bed, in your couch, your recliner, your pillows. The idea of dust mites can be pretty disturbing.

Dust mites and what they leave behind are one of the most common allergens and can be found in all climates. Allergy symptoms can be worse in winter because the contaminants that trigger them are trapped indoors. The symptoms of dust mite allergies include:

  • Itchiness
  • Sneezing, especially on waking up or 10 or more times
  • Inflamed or infected eczema
  • Watery or red eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Coughing

What can you do to reduce dust mite allergies?

Here are some of our tips for reducing dust mite allergies:

  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter
  • Wash bed linens and pajamas in hot water to kill mites
  • Keep carpets and rugs out of bedrooms
  • Use dust mite barrier covers on pillows and mattresses

If someone in your family has dust mite allergies, it might be time to treat your home with heat to kill them before sealing up the house for the winter. ThermaPureHeat kills dust mites and the heat process is accompanied by HEPA vacuuming and air scrubbers to remove any airborne and dust residing allergens.