Dustmites cause many allergic symptoms and are the culprits of many a sleepless night, when congestion and nasal discharge prevent you from resting.
These microscopic organisms are invisible to the naked eye and invade our environment without us being aware of it. They feed on dust, ever so present throughout the year, no matter what we do. Dustmites live and multiply in temperatures between 20 and 30ºC, with a relative humidity varying between 65 and 80% common in most homes. Their favourite hiding places are pillows, sheets, mattresses, soft toys and even the dog or cat’s basket. And the slightest air movement projects them into the air that we breathe.
To control them, it is essential to wash bedding in hot water regularly, once a week. Of course, adjusting the interior temperature to 18ºC and the relative humidity to less than 65% will decrease their proliferation. Dustmites will not survive these conditions.
In addition, anti-dustmite covers for mattresses and pillows are on the market. Their specially designed fibre offers a maximum protection and great comfort to people affected by dustmite-related allergies. Caring for these covers is limited to washing them in warm water twice a year, without bleach. They can be dried outside or in the dryer, at low temperature as to not destroy the fabric.
Consult your pharmacist. His or her advice will help you to make a right choice.