Mite-proof, zippered encasings for your bedding provide protection for you and your family from dust mite allergen. This article will answer the questions: What Are Dust Mites And Where Do They Live?, What Is Dust Mite Allergy?, Why Are Mite-Proof Encasings Important?, and & What Is The Right Encasing?
What Are Dust Mites And Where Do They Live?
Dust mites are eight-legged arachnids, belonging to the same family as spiders and ticks. They are too small to be seen without a microscope, measuring only about one-quarter to one-third of a millimeter. Dust mites do not bite, sting, burrow into skin, or carry disease. They are harmful only to people with dust mite allergy. Actually it is not the dust mite that is the problem; it is the dried feces and dried body parts of dead dust mites that produce allergy symptoms.
Avoidance of allergen is always the most effective way to reduce the severity and frequency of allergic reactions, but avoiding dust mites and their allergen is difficult since they live and thrive almost everywhere on earth if they have a nice warm, humid spot. Mattresses, pillows, bedding, carpet, and upholstered furniture are their favorite places to burrow down, so the bedroom is a perfect habitat. And there is no shortage of food for the dust mite in your bedroom because the skin cells shed by one person in one day are enough to feed one million dust mites that day. So it makes sense to start dust mite avoidance in the bedroom, and zippered, mite-proof encasings are the single most recommended tactic recommended by doctors.
What Is Dust Mite Allergy?
About 20 million Americans have dust mite allergy. An allergen is a substance that is not considered dangerous, but with repeated exposure causes the body's immune system to react as it would to more serious invaders that might cause illness or infection. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) explains that "although first-time exposure may only produce a mild reaction, repeated exposures may lead to more serious reactions" and that "once a person has had an exposure or an allergic reaction (is sensitized), even a very limited exposure to a very small amount of allergen can trigger a severe reaction". With dust mites, as stated above, the allergen is the particles of dried feces and dried body parts of dust mites that become airborne and are inhaled. For the person sensitized to dust mite allergen, contact with this allergen triggers an allergic reaction that can produce any or all of these symptoms identified by Mayo Clinic:
Since allergies are often developed over time after repeated exposure to an allergen, avoidance of allergens is important in preventing allergies. The AAAAI says that "reducing contact with these substances early in life may delay or prevent allergy or asthma symptoms" and that "research for this is clearest with dust mites".
The Mayo Clinic names these three factors that can increase the risk of developing a dust mite allergy:
- Runny nose
- Itchy, red or watery eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
- Postnasal drip
- Facial pressure and pain
- Frequent awakening
- Swollen, blue-colored skin under your eyes
- In a child, frequent upward rubbing of the nose
Why Are Mite-Proof Encasings Important?
- Family history. You're more likely to develop a sensitivity to dust mites if allergies run in your family.
- Exposure. Being exposed to high levels of dust mites, especially early in life, increases your risk.
- Age. You're more likely to develop dust mite allergy during childhood or early adulthood.
The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) says, "The first and most important step to reduce dust mites is to cover mattresses and pillows in zippered dust-proof covers." Covering your mattress, box spring, pillows, and comforter with an impermeable cover keeps dust mite allergen from flying up every time you sit on your bed or turn over during the night. Dust mites live in carpet, drapes and upholstered furniture in your bedroom, too, but the biggest concentration that is closest to your nose is in your bed. The American Lung Association (ALA) says:
Dust mite allergens, unlike pet allergens, do not usually stay airborne. They cling to particles that are too heavy to remain in the air for long. Dust mite allergens settle within minutes into dust or fabrics, such as pillows, bedding or upholstered furniture, which serve as nests. Most exposure to dust mite allergens occurs while sleeping and when dust is disturbed during bed-making or other movement.
What Is The Right Encasing?
All Allergy Control encasing fabrics are equally effective and impermeable to dust mites and their allergen. The choice is really a matter of personal preference and your needs. Differences that can help you decide which fabric is right for you include:
Allergy Control encasings are the best you can buy for dust mite allergen avoidance because they:
- Cotton Performance Mattress, Pillow, & Comforter Encasings
- made from a 100% cotton barrier fabric
- this is a fabric for cotton lovers
- Lifetime Warranty
- Pristine Complete Mattress & Pillow, and Comforter Encasings
- made from a 100% polyester microfiber fabric with a cotton-like feel
- wicks away moisture for a breathable and comfortable night's sleep
- Lifetime Warranty
- BedCare Classic Mattress, Pillow, & Comforter Encasings
- made of a lightweight polyester knit fabric joined to an ultra-thin, allergen-proof Comfortech polyurethane membrane
- polyurethane barrier makes these encasings water resistant and a good choice for incontinence
- Lifetime Warranty
- have been recommended by doctors for 30 years
- offer special construction and that means better protection
- are made from only the best, most complete allergen barrier fabrics
The first and most important step in avoidance of dust mite allergen in your bedroom is to put encasings on your bed. For people with dust mite allergies, covering their mattress, box spring, pillows, and comforters in zippered mite-proof covers usually makes a significant difference to their health. Mite-proof encasings provide a barrier between you (and your family) and the dust mite allergen in your bed to help avoid exposure and prevent or reduce allergy symptoms.
Mattress Encasings Effective protection from dust mites and their allergen in a breathable, comfortable 100% cotton zippered cover.
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