Dust mites are microscopic creatures that can be found in many homes, and they can have a significant effect on the health of people with allergies or asthma. Although dust mites rarely transmit diseases to humans in the United States, they can still cause mild to severe allergic symptoms and may be responsible for asthma attacks. In this article, we'll explore the different types of dust mites, how they affect human health, and what steps can be taken to reduce their presence in the home. The most common dust mites are practically invisible to the naked eye. They feed mainly on dandruff, scales of dead skin that fall off people and animals.
Upholstered furniture, pillows, and mattresses tend to harbor more dust mites than carpets. When the dust is agitated, it floats in the air and is inhaled, along with the allergens it contains. Allergies occur when the immune system reacts to a foreign substance, such as pollen, pet dander, or dust mites. In addition to causing mild to severe allergic symptoms, dust mites can also cause skin irritation that can lead to intense itching. Washing bedding and vacuuming the floor regularly can help get rid of dust mites, while antihistamines, decongestants, or allergy shots can help alleviate itching and discomfort.
It is also important to note that mites cannot live on humans and are not known to carry diseases. There are several types of mites that can negatively affect human health. Clover mites are red, green, or brown in color, and their front legs are about twice as long as the other legs. Rodent mites feed on rodents and can cause skin irritation in humans. Itch mites feed on insects and can cause intense itching.
Chiggers feed on plants and can cause skin irritation. Well-ventilated homes in dry climates contain fewer dust mites than those in less ventilated, more humid climates. The first step in determining the true cause of irritations that dust mites can cause is to thoroughly inspect the facilities and identify any organisms discovered. Pesticides labeled for use against mites, known as acaricides or acaricides, can be effective against clover mites and chiggers in grassy areas. In conclusion, while dust mites rarely transmit diseases to humans in the United States, they can still have a significant impact on human health. People who are allergic or sensitive to dust mites should take steps to reduce their presence in the home by washing bedding regularly and vacuuming floors.
Additionally, antihistamines, decongestants, or allergy shots may help alleviate itching and discomfort caused by dust mite allergies.