Dust Allergies? Here’s How an All-Natural Air Purifier Can Remedy the Situation

28 November 2020

Your living space is supposed to be a refuge where you can escape toxic air and a host of other pollutants such as vehicle emissions, gases, and more.

But if you’re allergic to dust, staying indoors can irritate you as well — triggering a stuffy nose, itchy and watery eyes, and sneezing fits.

When you have a dust allergy — and this is a not-so-fun fact — it means you’re allergic to dust mites. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, dust mites need air moisture and dust to survive.

These microscopic organisms are a common indoor allergen in most households. So if you’re nursing a dust allergy that makes staying indoors dreadful, you’re not alone.

Dust mites cause respiratory illnesses like asthma and chronic bronchitis but they also provoke other allergic responses. Sadly for us, they feed on a teaspoon of dead skin scales (that we shed each month), and bacteria.

See your warm, humid bed? It’s a happy play area and hunting ground for dust mites — don’t forget you sweat in there for hours when asleep (yikes!).

Just thinking of millions of dust mites crawling on your pillow and bed sheets — lunching on your dead skin scales and hair, too — is enough to make you sick (literally and figuratively).

The solution is simple: Just clean your room and other living areas in your home. And this is especially important if you’re prone to severe asthma attacks or allergic reactions.

Here’s everything you need to know about dust mite allergy…

What Is a Dust Mite Allergy?

Dust mites are microscopic bugs abundant in your home, and they thrive in humid climatic areas. According to a 2013 study, few mites can survive the humidity of less than 45% and indoor temperatures lower than 71°F.

That’s to say, high and dry regions are dust mite free, while humid climates like on the U.S coastal areas produce a bumper crop of mites.

To increase comfort and save energy, we’ve made our homes warmer and installed coolers to condense air moisture to survive the cold winter nights and hot summer days — creating an ideal habitat for the dust mite.

Breeding dust mites (and inhaling their waste products no less) leaves your immune system to produce antibodies and fight against the pathogen. 

This immune response causes allergy symptoms such as a stuffy nose and sneezing fits. Based on the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates, dust mite allergy affects about 20 million Americans a year.

What Are the Symptoms of Dust Mite Allergy?

When nursing a dust mite allergy, you’re likely to experience symptoms ranging from mild to severe including:

If you’re asthmatic and allergic to dust mites, you may experience even more severe symptoms including:

  • Severe asthma attack
  • Difficulty in talking
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Chest pain or chest tightness

Most homes with pets tend to host a cocktail of bugs including dust mites that latch on pet dander. Also, having a basement increases the diversity of airborne pathogens — not news to homeowners with basements, though.

How Can I Prevent Dust Mite Allergy?

Your humid, warm bed is a breeding ground for mites — and you probably provide them with an unlimited food supply when curling up at night.

Fortunately for anyone struggling with a dust allergy, it’s not a losing battle. You can try these cleaning tips to manage the tiny bugs and improve your respiratory health as well.

1. Dampen Your Dust Rag (Avoid Using It When Bone Dry)

A moist dust rag prevents you from moving dust around your living space. Also, compared to a bone dry rug, it captures dust and the mites feeding on it. Sprinkling water on a dry rug helps minimize the spread of allergens.

2. Clean Your Place at Least Once a Week

For people with indoor air allergies, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) recommends cleaning your living space at least once every week.

The more you clean up, the better the air quality indoors. And the more your health improves. Cleaning takes work, but just do what you can.

3. Wash your beddings weekly

You spend all your nights in the bedroom, it’s important, therefore, to keep your beddings dust-free regularly.

Another not-so-fun fact: Dust mites live, poop, and die in your beddings every day. And they leave behind their little and gross carcasses — only to worsen your dust allergy.

Wash your sheets every week — as AAAAI recommends — and in hot water (not exceeding 130 degrees) to best kill all the dust mites.

4. Invest in an All-Natural Air Purifier

An all-natural air purifier and detoxifier such as VBreathe Tasman can fight against dust mites and other airborne pathogens lingering in the air we constantly breathe.

Bacteria, mould, and dust mites create the most amount of misery and deaths each year globally — but these pathogens don’t stand a snowball chance in hell with this device.

VBreathe Tasman — designed and developed in Australia — acts on multiple points on pathogens inhibiting their replication and life span.

It consists of medical-grade HEPA filter with our proprietary antibacterial layer that traps and eliminates bacteria, mould, and dust mites — including PM2.5 particles.

How effective is VBreathe? You ask. The intelligent and portable VBreathe Tasman combines the HEPA filter and our all-natural VActive Gel to fight indoor airborne pollutants through the following process: 

  • Stage 1 — VBreathe dispels the VActive Gel into the air in vapour form (contains Australian essential oils)
  • Stage 2 — the vapour spreads in the room, cling, and surround the air particles carrying dust mites, mould, bacteria, and other harmful allergens.
  • Stage 3 — the gel then starves the airborne pathogens of oxygen, which inhibits their further replication.

We’ve pivoted to calling VBreathe an all-natural air purifier and detoxifier because 1) it’s the ultimate weapon against indoor pathogens, and 2) no air purifier compares to it.

The Bottom Line

If you’re nursing dust mite allergies, exposure to this allergen can worsen allergic reactions and, of course, make life more miserable if not trigger respiratory illnesses such as asthma — this is especially true in children.

While a dust allergy can take months even years to control, the good news is that you can control this allergen. Just make sure to clean your living space once a week, and your beddings weekly to manage your allergies.

But most importantly, invest in an all-natural air purifier and detoxifier such as VBreathe Tasman. Why? It helps allergy sufferers, detects mould, and improves air quality and more.

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