Allergies in the UK
Approximately 40% of the UK population suffers from one or more allergies.
According to the NHS, the most common allergy is hay fever (an allergy to grass and tree pollen), followed by dust mites. Other allergies include animals, food, insect bites, and medicines.
Some allergies are easier to control than others. A food allergy, for example, can be controlled simply by staying away from the food item. Hay fever can be more difficult to control, though staying away from the outdoors during allergy season helps.
But what if the allergy is caused within the own home? Allergies to household dust and dust mites are very common. Allergic reactions are caused by the dust mites themselves and their droppings.
The bedroom is a particular hot spot of activity for small pests. This is because the conditions in the bedroom are ideal — cosy, warm, and comfortable.
Dust mite allergies greatly affect the quality of sleep, and allergy sufferers often wake up exhausted.
Just as it is important for a person allergic to pollen to stay inside as much as possible during pollen periods, so it is equally important for a person with a household dust allergy to minimise contact with dust mites.
What else can you do to kill dust mites?
The ultimate objective is to create the most inhospitable environment possible for dust mites.
This means it is important to:
- Ensure sufficient ventilation
- Create an ambient temperature that is not too hot (maximum 20℃)
- Remove other places where dust mites are located in the bedroom, such as rugs, carpets, or other dust collectors
- Prevent pets from entering the bedrooms
- Ensure that the furniture is not cluttered so that dust accumulates as little as possible
Unfortunately, allergies cannot be cured but they can be controlled by eliminating or minimising allergy triggers.
While, unfortunately, there is no cure for allergies, they can be controlled quite effectively. The key is to create an inhospitable environment for dust mites, eliminate surface dust, and minimise body contact with dust mites and their droppings.