Dust mites can trig­ger al­ler­gic re­ac­tions

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO REGION -

Al­lergy symp­toms like sneez­ing, wa­tery eyes, nasal con­ges­tion, red skin and res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems may be caused by the dis­in­te­grat­ing bod­ies and waste drop­pings of mi­cro­scopic dust mites. Re­search data shows that dust mites in the home are sec­ond only to pollen for caus­ing al­ler­gic re­ac­tions.

By feed­ing on hair and skin we shed, dust mites thrive in warm, hu­mid ar­eas like the sofà, easy chair, and mainly in beds. In­deed, you may be sur­prised to know that the av­er­age mat­tress in the clean­est home is prob­a­bly host­ing a colony of two mil­lion mites, or more.

A spe­cialty mat­tress and pil­low pro­tec­tor will con­trol the pop­u­la­tion growth and re­duce ex­po­sure. Some such prod­ucts will be la­beled as a ‘Class 1 med­i­cal de­vice’ by Health Canada. Look for the qual­i­fy­ing de­cal on the pack­ag­ing.

“By de­priv­ing the mites of heat and mois­ture, these uniquely for­mu­lated cov­ers de­prive them of life,” says one man­u­fac­turer’s spokesper­son, Carol We­in­stein. “These can be breath­able, pa­per-thin, dou­ble-sided terry covered.” Re­mark­able, lead­ing edge tech­nol­ogy al­lows heat and mois­ture to trans­fer out of the mat­tress and pil­lows, it keeps liq­uids from seep­ing in, and it pro­vides for a rest­ful al­ler­gen free sleep. Cov­ers are avail­able in depart­ment stores and spe­cialty bed­ding stores across Canada.

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