Allergy Information: The Dust Mite

The common household dust mite is so small that it can hardly be seen by the naked human eye. It has an oval body, and eight legs with little sticky pads that help them crawl deep into carpets and furnishing fabrics. Even a very powerful vacuum cleaner cannot pull them from your soft furnishings. There can be more than 10,000 dust mites living in one bed. Dust mites thrive in warm, moist environments, which is why they find our mattresses and bedding such an appealing place to live.  Dust mites are not dangerous to humans. However, you or your family members may be unfortunate enough to suffer from an allergy to a chemical they produce.

This chemical is called DER p1, and it is present in the dust mites' microscopic droppings and dead body parts. Because the droppings and body parts are so small, they float easily on the air and can be breathed in by humans. This is how the chemical gets into our bodies, where it can affect the health of people who are allergic to it. For example, the DER p1 chemical is strongly associated with asthma.

If you or your family are allergic to house dust, there is a very good probability that it is the chemical DER p1 that causes your allergic reactions. This may cause sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, and a feeling of stuffiness in your nose and ears. If the symptoms are at their worst when you wake up in your bed, when you have been vacuuming or dusting, or when you handle used bedding, then dust mite allergy is the most likely explanation. Your allergy can be diagnosed and treated by a doctor.

You can limit your exposure to the allergen DER p1 by removing the warm, humid environments that dust mites like to live in.  You can also reduce the amount of dust in your household, since some of this dust is made up of dust mite droppings and dead body parts. If you can do enough to limit the amount of dust and allergens from your home, you may find that your allergic symptoms fade away. One way to reduce the level of allergens in your home is to have your carpets and other soft furnishings cleaned regularly.

Whatever type of carpet or soft furnishings you have, Competent Cleaners provide a professional cleaning service using the very latest techniques across the North West of the UK (including Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside, North Wales, and Staffordshire). Even “dry clean only” fabrics, such as leather, can be cleaned by our specialist methods. We can come to your home and make sure that your carpets, curtains and soft furnishings are kept clean and fresh. 

Just give us a call for friendly advice - we will do everything we can to help. We are FULLY INSURED and ALL our work is guaranteed. We work to the high standards of the National Carpet Cleaners Association of which we are a proud member. Contact us for a free no-obligation quote.

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