We can say, without exaggerating, that we are sleeping with the enemy in bed. A silent and invisible foe that puts your daily health in jeopardy. These are the mites that are found in pillows, mattresses, duvets, blankets and bedclothes. Here’s what diseases can trigger and how to get rid of mites!
What are mites?
Mites are a very small class of spiders that are attracted to wet places with lots of organic matter (skin, dust, sebum, etc.) and can cause severe allergies to humans and animals.
Most often, the mites are found in beds, pillows, sofas, armchairs, blankets, blankets and other places in the bedroom where dust and sweat can gather.
Molds and mites cause allergies
Inhalation of mold spores, as well as exposure to dust mites in the home, in mattresses, in pillows, in suits, in bedding or upholstered furniture, increases the likelihood of allergic diseases becoming or worsening. Thus, if you have an allergic predisposition and dust and moisture in the home (the environment suitable for the development of mold and mites), you may find that you are experiencing symptoms specific to rhinitis, conjunctivitis or skin irritation. Another problem is that if you sleep in an unspent room, from which dust and dirt have not been removed, there is a major risk of developing asthma.
You may also suffer from dermatological conditions
Moreover, exposure to mites can also lead to skin diseases such as rosacea, and molds can cause fungal sinusitis. Also, a study at the Langone Medical Center in New York, USA, shows that mites infestation increases the risk of anxiety and depression. And such problems can also arise from inhalation of mold spores because they release toxins that affect the nervous system, according to researchers from Brown University in the US. And the problems caused by mites do not stop here: Canadian researchers have found that mites can transmit antibiotic-resistant microbes.
Where to find mites through the house
Most mite species are harmless to humans, but there are a few species that directly colonize humans and can transmit disease or cause allergic reactions and irritation to the skin or lungs.
Carpets, mattresses, curtains, thick curtains, plush animals, and damp and dusty rooms are ideal places for the growth of mites, and the symptoms of so-called “dust allergies” are actually caused by these small insects.
Symptoms that you have allergies and mites in the bedroom are: red eyes, sneezing, asthma attacks, recurrent fever, mysterious neck pain not explained by a throat infection or cold, itching and minor irritation on the skin.
Recent studies show that some mites, which cause warts in dogs, play a role in the appearance of rosacea in humans.
Mites may cause hay fever, eczema and sometimes aggravate cases of atopic dermatitis already present.
How to get rid of mites with chemicals
Mites are hard to detect, being very small, but there are substances that can treat mattresses, carpets and cushions to get rid of unpleasant insects.
The first step to get rid of mites is to wash the bedding, curtains and blankets or the pilot well, preferably at the highest temperatures (if you have sheets and pillows or synthetic pillows, they attract more mites and need to be changed with some stuffed with fluff Or cotton, which can be washed at high temperatures), with quality detergents. In addition, if you know you have mites in bed, regular chlorine disinfection can help kill the bedding.
How to avoid illness?
– Aerate the rooms – Aerate the rooms every day for 30 minutes, preferably in the morning and in the evening, to prevent dust from entering the dwelling.
– Wash the curtains – every weekend wash the drapes and curtains in the dwelling at the temperature template that the materials wear
– Regularly wash textiles – plush toys, blankets, blankets and covers are washed once a month at high temperatures but are supported by the materials (wool, silk, cotton, etc.)
– Store your clothes in the cabinets – do not accidentally leave the clothes on the back of the seats or thrown on the bed. They must be stored in closets that close tightly and do not allow dust to penetrate inside
– Attention to temperature and humidity – in your home you must maintain a constant temperature of up to 20 degrees celsius and keep a low level of humidity.
– Wipe dust – the dust that is deposited on the furniture objects and the screen of the TV is shed every day with a damp cloth.
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