The most pesky enemy here in the Northwest is the dust mite. This is a microscopic insect that lives in all mattresses, pillows, padded furniture, carpet, and stuffed animals. Dust mites feed on dander or dead skin that we all shed continually and they extract water from the air. The most effective ways of controlling dust mites are to wash bedding in hot water above 130 degrees at least once every two weeks, keep the indoor humidity below 50%, and to use dust mite proof covers on mattresses and pillows. Dust mite allergies can be diagnosed, medications can be provided to treat symptoms, and specialized therapies can be used to desensitize patients to dust mites.
- Itchy and Watery Eyes
- Persistent Stuffy Nose and/or Ears
- Allergic Rhinitis
- Repeated Sneezing When You Awaken
- Runny Nose