Sealy allergy UK seal of approvalHaving a dust mite allergy is more common than you might think, yet you don’t always see a lot of information on how to help reduce the symptoms.

Much like hay fever, dust mite allergies affects a large portion of people in the UK and it causes similar symptoms such as a runny nose and red eyes. Most annoying for sufferers, a dust mite allergy will also cause people to feel intensely itchy – something which can cause serious sleep deprivation to those affected. A dust mite allergy will also seriously worsen the symptoms of asthma and eczema sufferers too, so it really is a nasty allergy to have. 

Dust mites themselves are tiny little creatures almost invisible to the naked eye (they are around a quarter of a millimetre long). These bugs love to feed off dead human scales which has been partially digested by moulds, so you are likely to find them living in carpets, sofas and, most horrifying, your bed and bedding. But, if you have a dust mite allergy, it’s not actually the little creatures that you’re allergic to. What people are allergic to is the protein that is found in dust mite droppings. Each little creature has the potential to produce around 20 droppings a day, so you can imagine how easy it is for these droppings to build up in your house. Especially since the droppings will stay put causing allergic reactions long after the dust mite itself has died.

So how do you cure a dust mite allergy? Well, unfortunately, there is no cure. Instead sufferers need to learn to manage their condition with a few changes at home. Especially in the bedroom. Beds and your bedding are havens for dust mites. Just think, you spend around 8 hours every night in your bed rolling around and shedding all those tasty dead skin scales. Your bed is also a moist, warm environment perfect for moulds to grow. These moulds will partially digest your skin cells and “hey presto” you’ve got an all-you-can-eat buffet for dust mites.

Having a large amount of dust mites around your bed area will seriously affect your sleep at night, which is never good. This is due to the stuffy nose and itching cause by the allergy. You all know how hard it is to sleep at night when you have a cold, dust mite allergy sufferers have to sleep like this every night. And if that doesn’t interrupt your sleep the itchiness will. An uncontrollable itch that makes you want to scratch your legs red raw. Of course your sleep will be affected.

We all need at least 6-8 hours of good quality sleep a night in order to function at our greatest the next days, so when your dust mite allergy stars to affect your sleep it is also affecting your work life too making it a serious problem.

The first step in helping your dust mite allergy is to ensure your bed linen is washed regularly – at least once a week. You should wash your sheets at 60 degrees centigrade as this temperature will kill the dust mites. It is also advisable to invest in some allergen proof covers for your mattress and pillows.

Your mattress is one of the big breeding ground for dust mites so you should take good care of yours. Investing in a mattress that reduces allergens is a great start in reducing your dust mite allergy symptoms. When you’re looking for an anti allergen mattress you can do a lot worse than a Sealy mattress which has an Allergy UK’s Seal of Approval. These mattresses have been through intense scientific testing to ensure they will help with your allergy.

These mattresses work by containing something called microcapsules, which are woven into the mattress. When you lie on the mattress you will break some of these capsules open releasing friendly bacteria into your mattress. These bacteria will then feast on the droppings left by dust mites meaning there are much less droppings around to flare up your allergy. A mattress with moisture adsorption in-built will also help reduce the mould that creates the food source for dust mites.

Even better, these anti-allergy mattresses are now available in a wide range of styles and comfort. People often think that they’ll get stuck with a poor, uncomfortable mattress if they have an allergy, but this is far from the case. Sealy’s Anti Allergen mattresses are available in everything from memory foam to orthopaedic mattresses. Just think, there’s a perfect Sealy anti-allergen mattress out there that’s just waiting to ensure you get a perfect itch and sneeze free night’s sleep!