World Asthma Day - 7 May 2019

Did you know approximately 30% of people are allergic to dust mite waste, a common cause and trigger of asthma and allergies

Dust mites are everywhere, including in our mattresses and bedding, and despite their tiny size a dust mite produces 10-20 waste particles a day.  Each of which contains a protein known to trigger allergic reactions and asthma from which about 10% of the population suffers from.

Attempts to eradicate dust mites is likely to be unsuccessful, however if allergic there are a number of ways in which you can reduce your exposure.

Among others these may include:

  • Vacuuming carpets and soft furnishings weekly using a good quality vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter. 
  • Dusting hard surfaces with a damp or electrostatic cloth.

Keep in mind that these activities may stir up the dust mite allergens.  And although they don’t stay airborne for long, if allergic consider having someone else do these tasks for you if an option.  

  • Clean window coverings regularly. Consider venetian or flat blinds rather than curtains.
  • Wash bedding, weekly in water hotter than 55°C. This will kill the dust mites and wash away any allergens.
  • Cover your mattress and pillows with Protect-A-Bed® dust mite resistant cases and also wash these regularly at 55 °C.   

Best for severe asthma and allergy sufferers, the fully encased Protect-A-Bed® Allerzip® Mattress and Pillow Encasement's feature a unique BugLock® system.

The fully encased BugLock® system has a dust mite proof flap and Secure Seal® which provides total protection.  Preventing dust mite, mould and bacteria allergens entering or escaping through the zipper.

Simply Fit n’ Forget by layering a Protect-A-Bed® Fitted Mattress Protector over the top for regular washing and drying with other linens.

 

You can find out more about Dust Mite allergens and how these can be tested for at the National Asthma Council of Australia’s Sensitive Choice website. https://www.sensitivechoice.com/dust-mites/