There’s no escaping dust mites – they’re a year-round problem all over the globe. You’ll find them lurking in every corner of your house, behind the curtains, in your carpet, on your pets, and in your bed. Dust mite allergens are a common trigger of asthma symptoms and a major irritant for allergy sufferers. Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments such as bedding, upholstered furniture, and carpeting.
Dust mites are tiny creatures that can be found in almost every home. They thrive in warm, humid environments and feed on the dead skin cells of humans and animals. While they are harmless to most people, some individuals may experience allergic reactions to dust mites.
Dust mite allergies are caused by an immune system reaction to the proteins found in dust mite waste. When dust mites feed on dead skin cells, they produce waste products that contain proteins that can trigger an allergic reaction in some people. These proteins are found in high concentrations in dust mite droppings, which can accumulate in bedding, upholstered furniture, and carpets.
People with dust mite allergies frequently find that their allergies are worse in the morning or at night, and are prevalent year-round. If you suspect you have a dust mite allergy, it's important to see an allergist for an accurate diagnosis. At Aspire Allergy & Sinus, we perform a skin test to determine whether you are allergic to dust mites.