Dust Mites and asthma - Plus Cool Dust Mite Pictures!
Asthma Sufferers Get No Help From Dust MIte Reduction
Clinical Study on Dust Mites done in Denmark shows that even when dust mites are reduced it does not lower the incidence of asthma for those who suffer from it. I’m including a blurb from that article with each picture.
Dust Mite Treatments No Effect on Asthma Sufferers
Chemical and Physical Methods no Help for Asthma Sufferers
The Real Culprit - Dustmite Waste!
HEPA Filtration and Sprays No Help
Not One Reduction Method Helped!
Asthma Sufferers No Solution from Dust Mite Control
Do you know how many of these little dust mite creatures live in your home, on your bedding, your clothing, and are crawling across your body right now?
Crazy Insane Numbers of Dust Mites
Estimates run the spectrum and can not be accurately verified but it’s proposed that as many as:
- 100,000 per square yard of carpeting
- 10 million in a warm, moist, unlaundered bedding
Yuk, Yuk, and more Yuk. But when you think about all the nasty bacteria that is in our World on the things we touch and use every day you should take it all in stride.
What is a Dust Mite?
“ House dust mites are sightless, transparent, eight legged, microscopic organisms, about 1/3 mm in length that are closely related to ticks and spiders. They feed on human skin scales, animal dander, food remnants, mold and pollen.” (Nurse Practitioner, October 1992. p. 53)
During its 80-day lifespan, the average dust mite produces around 1,000 allergenic waste particles.
Where do Dust Mites Live?
They flourish in warm, humid environments like your bed and survive by feeding off dead human skin cells and animal dander. Dust mite populations increase rapidly; each egg-laying female can increase the population by 25 or 30 mites a week, and depending on its age, your bed may house between 100,000 and 10,000,000 dust mites. Dust mites also live in carpet, upholstery, and stuffed toys. (Buy washable toys and wash them frequently to prevent dust mite infestation.)
The lifespan of a dust quoted above is contradicted by information in Wikipedia which states
The average life cycle for a male house dust mite is 10 to 19 days. A mated female house dust mite can live for 70 days, laying 60 to 100 eggs in the last 5 weeks of her life. In a 10 week life span, a house dust mite will produce approximately 2000 fecal particles and an even larger number of partially digested enzyme-covered dust particles.
Ultimately it doesn’t matter because you can’t get rid of
them… you can only reduce their numbers. And while beneficial to reducing the numbers for other reasons, research has shown it really doesn't help Asthma sufferers.
Interesting Note About Dust Mites and Pillow Myths
A 1996 study from the British Medical Journal has shown that polyester fibre pillows contained more than 8 times the total weight of Der p I and 3.57 times more micrograms of Der p I per gram of fine dust than feather pillows.