A PLAGUE OF DUST MITES
Lack of ventilation provides the optimumconditions for dust mites but causesa nightmare for allergy sufferers during the colder months
AS THE cold nights draw in many of us will opt to stay indoors with the heating turned up and the windows firmly closed.
However this can cause a lack of ventilation andprovidesthe perfect conditions for dust mites andbed bugsto thrive which is bad news for allergy suffers.
Turning up the central heating in the colder months causes dust mites to thrive which is bad news for allergy sufferers
Charity, Allergy UK said that during autumn last year it witnessed a 45 per cent increase in house dust mite related calls to their helpline which it believes implies that seasonal change has a major impact on the number of people suffering.
The tiny little creatureswhich are about a quarter of a millimetre http://pestcontrolcanada.com/bed-bugs/ long, live off human skin scales and are often found in bedding, carpets, soft furnishings and clothing.
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Typical allergy symptoms can include:
itchy, runny or congested nosesneezingirritable airways resulting in coughing, tight chest, wheezing, shortness of breathitchy, watery inflammation of both eyesitchy skin, rashes, whealscongested sinuses and headachedisturbed sleeppoor concentrationsymptoms worse indoors, in bed or in the early morning
Allergy UKs deputy CEO, Lindsey McManus, said: With the increasing prevalence of allergic conditions, it is unsurprising that the house dust mite is affecting so many people at this time of year.
However, many people will not recognise the symptoms as allergy.
It is important for people to understand the implications of indoor allergens as they can exacerbate serious conditions such as asthma.
We would recommend contacting the Allergy UK helpline if you suspect you may be allergic to house dust mite, or to discuss with your GP if symptoms persist.
Sneezing and itchy eyes are just some of the symptoms caused by an allergic reaction to dust mites
Increasing ventilation and keeping dust to a minimum tohelp reduce exposure are some tips to help with the symptoms.
You can also visit the Allergy UK website for more help and advice.
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