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Dust Mites - What You May Not Know

Simon Hahessy Says:

Dust mites for their size cause powerful reactions in people including allergic reactions. Allergic reactions to the North American house dust mite (scientific name: Dermatophagoides farinae) effects millions of people daily. Symptoms of allergies to house dust mites include watering eyes, runny nose, itching, sneezing, asthma, difficulty breathing and infantile eczema.

The house dust mite is a guest in cohabitation with people and primarily occupies beds, bedding, carpets and upholstery. It is extremely difficult to see house dust mites with the naked eye as they are extremely small.

Although small in size they are large in numbers. Female dust mites can lay 60-100 eggs in a short period of time and thousands of dust mites can live in our beds and bedding. Ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow can be composed of dust mites and their waste products.

House dust mites feed on skin cells, animal cells and other organic matter, and humans shed millions of skin cells daily, so there are many areas in a home or office for the dust mites to feed.

House dust mites are second only to pollen in causing allergic reactions to humans. It is the proteins present in the dust mite waste products that people are allergic to.

To control exposure to dust mites, a number of corrective measures should be implemented. Controlling temperature and humidity indoors is important as higher humidity (>50%) can provide optimum conditions for dust mites. Additionally, proper filtration of the air indoors is important. Cleaning of bedding and pillows is very important, washing at high temperatures is effective. Cleaning carpets using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter is also a positive step at reducing the numbers of dust mites. Additionally AirMD have specialized products that can reduce dust mites in home or office environments using technologies that attack the DNA of the dust mites and killing them.

Understanding your home or office environment is important for the control of dust mites and other pollutants and evaluating your home and office environment periodically for dust mites can ensure a healthier environment, reduce doctor’s visits and reduce our reliance on medication.

I live in a small apartment and just love your santizing sweeper! I breathe better on a daily basis!!!! Thank you AirMD!!!

Nov 24th, 2008
at 08:53 am

So happy to learn about Airmd. I feel that you are right on target with your service. You are adding another dimension in the area of keeping people healthy.

Dec 01st, 2008
at 01:05 pm

AIRMD thank you for this information. I have a pillow I have had for about 8 years and I sleep with it every night!
I am sure that this pillow has contributed to the late night sneezing and congestion I feel when I wake.
I am going to look at your products and then go home and toss that pillow...!!!!

Dec 24th, 2008
at 11:42 am

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