We know that you’re familiar with “Mite Allergy” and if you or your loved ones have got it, don’t deny it. This is important, some people can have a severe allergic reaction that may cause asthma and many of them died from it because of the “Dust Mites”.
What is Dust Mites, why is it so dangerous?
There are dust mites all over your house living underneath your roof just like your best friends and they’re not as cute as you thought so remember that you’re not alone!!
Common Name: House Dust Mite
Scientific Name: Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus
Measures – Weight: 0.1-0.3 mm. in length and very small size and invisible to the unaided eye.
Physical Characteristics: Translucent bodies with 8 legs (except the first instar, which has 6)
Food: Bacteria, fungus, dandruff, flakes of shed human skin
Habitat: Survive in all climates, thrive in indoor environment especially in a dark and warm places, specifically in bedrooms and survive well in pillows, blankets and old dolls.
Ability: Mite’s gut contains potent digestive enzymes that persist in their feces and are major inducers of allergic reactions.
Eradication: Exposure to lethal temperature higher than 50 Celsius and lower than 20 Celsius.
House dust mites are flying in the air together with dust and they usually find a stable environment of dwelling especially your bedroom where it’s warm and dark so your mattresses are just like their heaven on earth. When both male and female house dust mites are in their adult life span, a mated female house dust mite will lay 80-100 eggs. With a temperature like Thailand where it’s hot and humid, it’s just perfect for their reproduction. Just imagine how scary and disgusting would it be to share your bed with millions of house dust mites.
Allergy’s number 1 source
Allergy cannot be triggered from inhaling house dust mites, but their feces instead. A countless amount of their droppings with a size of only 10-40 micrometers that you are spending your nights with; you’re unawarely breathing them in for a long period of time, it would of course resulting rashes, hives, skin infection and even eye infection. Dust mites are most common triggers for allergy that affect the respiratory system that shows a symptoms of congested nose, runny nose, coughing, sneezing and followed by rhinitis, nasal polyps, sinus infection and it can lead to asthma.
It is that deadly serious, what should we do to stay away from the house dust mite?
Although Thailand has a perfect temperature for dust mites to grow; we can definitely get rid of them. “Extreme heat can kill house dust mites and their feces”, it is because these house dust mites can survive in a dark and damp places only; therefore, it is necessary to keep the air circulates in your room, wash and sundry your beddings.
Eradicate the house dust mites in a D.I.Y. way
- Wash pillow and bed sheets more frequently
- Get rid of carpeting in bedrooms
- Don’t sleep with animals
- Use the vacuum cleaner
- Use air filter
- Use chemical
- Use anti-allergy beddings and covers to protect feces from scattering and flying everywhere, it is considered to be the most convenient way and eliminating a chance of inhaling the allergen.
Though, allergies are not contagious; however, the study shows that more than half of Thai populations have allergies that seem to be gradually increasing in both mild symptoms and life-threatening that is called “Anaphylaxis”.
Severe Allergic Reaction
- Hypersensitive to the weather shows symptoms such as itchy palate, throat, runny nose, and frequently sneezing. These are called “Respiratory Allergic Symptoms”, the reactions are Mild.
- Allergic Rhinitis is an inflammation of the nasal airways and usually goes away within 1-2 hours without treatment. However, if it occurs more frequently than usual and the patient never receives any proper treatment, the infection is likely to develop asthma.
- Sinus Infection is an inflammation of the paranasal sinuses caused by virus and allergy. Signs and symptoms include pain in your jaw and teeth, thick nasal secretions that can be white, yellowish, greenish, sore throat and smelly phlegm in throat. The bad news is that the infection can last longer than three months and with an improper treatment, the infection would definitely return.
- Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that makes breathing difficult. With asthma, there is an inflammation of the air passages that results in a temporary narrowing of the airways that carry oxygen to the lung. This result in asthma symptoms, including coughing, wheezing and using asthma inhaler is essential, failure to do so can cause serious health condition or death.
- Nasal Polyps developed from nose or sinus tissues that grow inside on a lining of the nose and the sinuses. They can be as big as a size of grapes and continuously to grow and usually comes along with an allergy symptom which leads to a sinus infection.
- Hive is a kind of skin rash notable for pale red and usually goes away within 24 hours.
- Allergic conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva due to allergy causes red, watery, itchy eyes.
- Food and medication allergies are most common from seafood, peanuts, cereal and certain medication. Each person’s reaction are differs and in some cases may lead to death.
Let’s make a check list on your possible symptoms.
- My nose is itchy including my throat, my eyes and sneezing too often.
- Rashes appear on my earlobe out of nowhere or when I have insect bites, the rash will spread in a wide circle.
- I catch a cold so easily even though the temperature slightly changes.
- When I’m exposed in the dusty area, I will sneeze until I drop.
- I snore from a sinus inflammatory.
- When I eat seafood, I will have trouble breathing, my eyes will be swollen and rashes appear all over my body.
- I have trouble breathing when I’m around cats and dogs.
- All of the above happened to me, I’ve gone to see a doctor already but I cannot accept the fact of the diagnosis.
If one of the above choices is on your list, just accept that you have allergy. You should see a doctor and find out more about your diagnose for early treatment.
Treatment and staying away from allergy
If you think that allergy will go away on its own, you’re wrong. Fail to receive an early treatment can bring your unwelcome new friends to your body including; sinus infections, lose the sense of smell, asthma, ear infection. The sickness will affect your daily life and eventually will complicate your health condition, plus the uncontrollable cost of medical bill will definitely occur. How are we going to live and get treatment for allergy?
- If you know that you have food allergy, avoid that kind of food.
- Keep your house clean and especially your bedroom.
- Receive a proper treatment from your doctors.
- Get vaccinated for allergies.
Although allergies are incurable, by taking care of your health condition and keeping your surrounding clean, the reaction can decrease and by doing so can protect you from increasing more complicated disease.
Does our immune system have anything to do with allergic reaction?
The answer is YES. When the body is exposed to harmful influences from outside environment, our immune system will work just like the S.W.A.T. team to protect the body from foreign invaders. If the team wins, your body will be as healthy as it should be. But if they lose, they can lead to illness and infection.
Theoretically, allergy is a reaction of our “immune system” expressed as a hypersensitivity which causes infection and leads the body to produce all kinds of chemical substances, and one of them are Histamine that shows symptoms such as stuffy, runny nose and hives.
Allergen: Allergies seem to be becoming more common and can be found in all ages and genders, but have you noticed something? People who live in urban areas have allergies follow them just like a shadow. It is because substances that cause allergic reaction are all over them and one of the factors that causes allergy is from genetic, others are from surroundings such as dust mites, cockroaches, plant pollen, dusts, ants, mosquitos, animal hair, pollution and even certain kind of food.