Products That Are Effective For Dust Mite Allergies

Been awhile since we have posted anything about dust mites or anything else for that matter.

The question came up the other day about products that were really effective for dust mite allergies. In particular they were talking about using those UV wands to kill dust mites on a mattress. They think they want to add a mattress cleaning service to their company.

There are all sorts of products on the market that claim they can kill or control dust mites and the allergens they produce. Some work but most don’t. If you want to read about products that DO work please check out this article, Dust Mite Products That Really Work. Cheryl at the Allergy Store really does know here stuff.

Back to the UV question and mattress cleaning. First of all there is not a vacuum made that has enough suction to pull air all the way through a mattress or even half of it. Not going to happen.

UV does kill different types of bacteria but the contact time (how long the light shines on it) varies by what you are trying to kill. Just running a wand down a mattress is not going to cut it.

Now we have used the ADMS spray (see Cheryl’s article) on the mattress and it was effective. The key to using it or any other spray is making sure the mattress is dry before you put it back together. If it is not you can end up with a mold problem that will make dust mites look easy.

In the end I told  them they would be better off selling their customer dust mite proof bedding. Much more effective and they would have happier clients.

Ever wonder why dust mites cause allergic reactions? Find out more here.

If You Feel It Bite It’s Not a Dust Mite

Dust mites do not bite you. You can not feel them crawling on you. House dust mites live off your dead skin and can cause allergic reactions.

7 Dust Mite Myths Busted Infographic
7 Dust Mite Myths Busted

The allergic symptoms are caused by inhaling the microscopic fecal matter and shed skins. Symptoms of dust mite allergy include but are not limited to respiratory such as sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose, cough, difficulty breathing, and asthma. In addition, skin symptoms such as eczema and dermatitis can result. Rashes and hives are rarely a symptom of dust mite allergy.

Now there several kinds of biting mites. Chiggers are probably the most common and annoying. Chiggers are mite larvae that are ubiquitous outdoors except in arid regions; they bite, feed in the skin, then fall off.

Common mite species that bite and burrow into the skin include Sarcoptes scabiei , which causes scabies , and Demodex mites, which cause a scabies-like dermatitis.

Bird mites may bite people who handle live poultry or pet birds or who have birds’ nests on their homes.

Rodent mites from cats, dogs (especially puppies), and rabbits may bite people.

Swine mange mites ( S. scabiei var suis ) from pig farms or pet pigs may also bite humans.

The straw itch mite ( Pyemotes tritici ) is often associated with seeds, straw, hay, and other plant material; it is a parasite of soft-bodied insects that are or have been present in such materials. These mites often bite people who handle the infested items. Granary workers, people who handle grass seeds or grass hay, and people who make dried plant arrangements are most at risk.

If you want to you keep you bed free of dust mites you should cover it with special covers designed to stop dust mites. The Allergy Store has a good selection to choose from.

Dust Mites Call Your Pillow Home, Too: When To Replace Your Pillow To Avoid Bacteria, Fungi, And Mold

When was the last time you thought about how clean or dirty your pillow was? If you are like most of us the answer to both questions is ” not often”

The sole purpose of a pillow is to provide you with comfort and neck support while you rest. We all know a good pillow is essential to a good night’s sleep, nap, or long plane ride. However despite how comfortable and deceivingly clean your pillow might be, it can be  home to thousands, if not millions, of dust mites and debris.

How often should you get new pillows?

That’s a good question and one many of us tend to overlook. We have a habit of becoming attached to our pillows, so the prospect of tossing an old one and replacing it can be difficult.

While the life span of a pillow is a debated topic, the average replacement time has been suggested to be around two years. However, Robert Oexman, DC, director of the Sleep to Live Institute says pillows should probably be replaced every six months. “People talk about how nasty a mattress gets,” said Oexman, but pillows are more frequently forgotten. Read complete article

The good news is, dust mites don’t spread any kind of disease, but they do pose allergy and asthmatic risks. Roughly 20 percent of people have allergies, and of those who do, around two-thirds may be allergic to the types of dust mites found indoors, The Huffington Post reported. To help reduce your allergic symptoms, including sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes, use an airtight cover for your mattress and pillows.

Odactra, the First Allergen Extract to Treat House Dust Mite

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Odactra, the first allergen extract to be administered under the tongue (sublingually) to treat house dust mite (HDM)-induced nasal inflammation (allergic rhinitis), with or without eye inflammation (conjunctivitis), in people 18 through 65 years of age.

Odactra is a once-a-day tablet that’s dissolved under the tongue. It’s approved for use in people aged 18 to 65.

“House dust mite allergic disease can negatively impact a person’s quality of life,” said Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

“The approval of Odactra provides patients an alternative treatment to allergy shots to help address their symptoms,” he added in an agency news release.

Dust mites are gross, tiny little insects that are related to spiders. They are so small you cannot see them. They feed on shed skin cells and like to collect in fiber surfaces. This is because fibers collect skin; and skin is their food.

Dust mites are the most common household allergen. Their bodies and feces contain the proteins that cause the allergic reactions. The little allergen bits also collect in fiber surfaces, and can be difficult to remove.

Odactra exposes patients to house dust mite allergens, gradually training the immune system in order to reduce the frequency and severity of nasal and eye allergy symptoms. It is a once-daily tablet, taken year round, that rapidly dissolves after it is placed under the tongue. The first dose is taken under the supervision of a health care professional with experience in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases. The patient is to be observed for at least 30 minutes for potential adverse reactions. Provided the first dose is well tolerated, patients can then take Odactra at home. It can take about eight to 14 weeks of daily dosing after initiation of Odactra for the patient to begin to experience a noticeable benefit.

In clinical trials, people who took Odactra had a 16 percent to 18 percent reduction in allergy symptoms requiring use of other medicine, compared to those who took an inactiveplacebo.

The most common side effects were nausea, itching in the ears and mouth, and swelling of the lips and tongue. The prescribing information includes a boxed warning that severe allergic reactions, some of which can be life-threatening, can occur. As with other FDA-approved allergen extracts administered sublingually, patients receiving Odactra should be prescribed auto-injectable epinephrine. Odactra also has a Medication Guide for distribution to the patient.

Dust Mites Do Not Live in Your Air Ducts

Got more ads in the mail today about air duct cleaning and how it will remove dust mites from yourDust Mites Do Not Live In Duct Work duct work. Such a false claim.

First of all dust mites don’t crawl into the duct work and no the can’t fly either. Dust mites like to live where there is food and it’s dark and damp. Does that sound like your duct work? Not mine either. Your dust work may get moldy but it will not get infested with dust mites.

Another ad stated they will get rid of the allergens from dust mites. I’ll give that a 1/2 truth. The allergens that dust mites create are about 8-10 mircons in size so they really don’t stay airborne for long because that is fairly heavy. If you keep a good filter on your unit it will pretty much keep the allergens out.

Bottom line is I do believe in air duct cleaning. It is a good thing when it is needed and done right. I don’t like how some of these so called indoor air companies exploit people and allergies.