Allergic Reactions to Dust mites

This article will list, describe, and overview common and uncommon allergic reactions to dust mites as well as what can be done to control them.


People may not think dust mites are a cause for much concern, but they are the largest contributor to allergies, only second to pollen. Dust mites can cause a wide-range of allergic reactions that include, but are not limited to itching, watery eyes, asthma, and hay fever.

Dust mite feces contain protein substances that when in contact with the skin or inhaled produce a allergic reaction in some people. The most common symptom of a dust mite allergic reaction is swelling of the respiratory passageways. Uncommon symptoms are red rashes, headaches, and chronic fatigue.

Minimizing your risk to dust mite allergens

In order to minimize your risk of becoming a victim of dust mites, there are steps you can take to control the dust mite population in your home.

Experts agree that people should wash their bed linens once a week; also they should buy and encase their mattress sets in allergen-impermeable covers. The same prescribed method of controlling dust mites should also be used with pillow cases.

In addition to your bed, other places in your bedroom can harbor dust mites, such as your desk or night stand. It is suggested that you put away small items that can trap dust, and keep surfaces uncluttered.

Traditional fabric couches should be replaced with non-fabric types of furniture such as leather or wood. Carpets should be vacuumed frequently and thick carpeting should be replaced. The last tip for controlling the dust mite population in your home is keeping the house temperature at or below 70 degrees fahrenheit.