You may not be allergic to dust, pollen, or pets so you may think, “Eh, what’s the big deal?” Well, lucky you! You don’t get the sniffles and don’t cough all the time. Just because you don’t get the sniffles doesn’t mean dust doesn’t affect you. Here are some Common Symptoms of Dust Allergies: Sneezing, Runny or Stuffy Nose, Red Itchy or Teary Eyes, Wheezing, Coughing, Tightness in the Chest and Shortness of Breath, Itching. But what triggers all these unsettling feelings? It’s what is actually in the dust.
Dust consists of millions of tiny particles of organic and inorganic substances. Here are a few things that can be found in dust:
• dead skin cells
• pet dander
• hair follicles
• paint particles
• small fabric fibers
• dirt particles
• sand particles
• particles from fecal matter
• bacteria and viruses
• mold spores
(It’s okay if now you’re totally grossed out and making a list of places to dust as soon as you get home.) The cool thing about all this stuff coming together is that it makes a nice home for Dust Mites! They make their homes in the dust, on your floors, couches, beds, clothes and basically everywhere because they breed and spread around. So, even if you aren’t allergic to it, you’re still sitting in it, sleeping in it, and breathing it in.
Dust affects those with weak immune systems the most, so the most commonly affected are babies and children. Babies can develop asthma, eczema, and many allergic reactions to dust and dust mites. Dust mites don’t only affect babies and children though, they can be easily breathed into your lungs and nose and just live there as well.
Studies have shown that dust mites are also linked to what are called “nasal polyps”. (Click here for The Mayo Clinic’s definition) They look a little bit like a seedless, peeled grape. They can grow inside your nasal cavity and cause allergies or asthma (or worsen these symptoms), but we are all subject to get them, not just those with allergies. Simply using a vacuum or broom could potentially just kick the dust up into the air. Using the Dust Bender will ensure that the dust is completely removed and then sucked in to prevent dispersal.
Common Dust Allergy Triggers
Dust mites, sometimes called bed mites, are the most common cause of allergy from house dust. Dust mites live and multiply easily in warm, humid places. They prefer temperatures at or above 70 degrees Fahrenheit with humidity of 75 to 80 percent. They die when the humidity falls below 50 percent. They are not usually found in dry climates.
Dust mite particles are often found in pillows, mattresses, carpeting, and upholstered furniture. They float into the air when anyone vacuums, walks on a carpet or disturbs bedding, and they settle once the disturbance is over.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI.org), dust mites are a common cause of asthma in children. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American (AAFA.org), respiratory infections are the most common asthma trigger in children.
A house does not need to be visibly dirty to trigger a dust mite allergy reaction. The particles are too tiny to be seen and often cannot be removed using normal cleaning procedures. In fact, a vigorous cleaning can make an allergic person’s symptoms worse.
Cockroaches live in all types of buildings and neighborhoods. Some people develop allergic reactions when they are around cockroaches. Tiny particles from the cockroach are a common component of household dust and may be the true cause of a dust allergy.
According to the ACAAI, the saliva, feces, and shedding body parts of cockroaches can trigger both asthma and allergies. Gross!