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.