Experts say that an average bed hosts over a million dust mites! It can be hard to imagine that the very bed you use for sleeping (and for a few other things — reading a book, sex, etc.) is actually serving as a party place for microscopic creatures that feed on your dead skin cells that you regularly shed. And by the way, dust mites are related to spiders!
Having dust mites allergy simply makes having those creepy crawlers in your bed a complete no-no. The waste products of dust mites mix into the air you breathe, and this is what causes the problem. Your immune system springs into action thinking those substances coming from dust mites can actually wreak havoc to your health.
The way the immune system overzealously reacts to the waste products of dust mites leaves you with unfavorable symptoms such as itching, coughing, wheezing and congestion. Of course you may always take antihistamines available over the counter, but of course you have to be willing to put up with the potential side effects — drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, blurred vision and even moodiness.
Some people with stronger allergic reactions that cannot be allayed by the simple intake of OTC antihistamines may actually require allergy shots. Of course this is something that does not come free of charge. If you are scared of needles, getting an allergy shot is definitely not a good thing.
Fret not if you are allergic to dust mites because you are certainly not alone. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America or AAFA says that as many as 20 million people in the United States have it. Still this information should not make you take dust mite allergy sitting down. Did you know that long-term exposure to the waste products of dust mites will not only leave you with the various symptoms mentioned earlier, but also potentially lead to asthma and sinus infections?