Jun 17, 2013 Dust Mite Allergy Treatment for Asthmatics I have asthma. Why should I worry about dust mites? Did you know that dust mite allergen can be a very potent allergic trigger for asthmatics? In fact, over 50% of all allergic asthmatics are sensitive to house dust mites. Do you have fitful sleeps and often wake up stuffy, wheezing and sneezing in the morning? If so, you probably have a dust mite allergy. To find out for sure if you are allergic to dust mites, you can talk to your doctor about allergy testing. Chances are, though, if your allergies are bothering you in the house, dust mites are the cause. Dust is everywhere! What can I do to help a dust mite allergy? There are many steps you can take to relieve a dust mite allergy. One of the biggest decisions is whether or not to remove carpeting. Removing carpeting from the bedroom is ideal, but it can be expensive. If the carpet is older, chances are there is a lot of permanent dust and dirt that will just not vacuum up. Dust mites burrow into the carpet and hold on fast with little sucking pads on the ends of their legs, so it is virtually impossible to vacuum them out. If carpet removal is not an option, regular cleaning is a must for allergy and asthma sufferers. Steam cleaning has been proven to be more effective than cool shampooing. Why is dust mite proof bedding so important? Where you sleep is where the majority of the dust mites live in the home. Beds and pillows make ideal breeding grounds for these critters. Moisture from sleep breathing, humidity from body heat and access to endless supplies of food make the mattress home to more than 100,000 dust mites. Here is the clincher, dust mites favorite food source is us! Human skin cells. Yes. You read that correctly, human skin cells are the dust mites meal of choice. When the food source is cut off, so too is the dust mite population. For asthma and allergy patients with dust mite allergy, the easiest way to help your symptoms is to encase your pillows and mattresses (including box springs) with zippered, allergy proof covers. Remember, lessen the triggers, lessen the symptoms. Dust mite proof allergy bedding is the easiest way to do this.