Dust mites -- lumpy, hairy, fat-bodied, microscopic atrocities -- are way worse than you have probably ever cared to think about. And they MITE be (probably are) making you sick. These teeny-tiny bugs feast on your dead hair and skin, and according to research, after two years of use, one-third of your pillow's weight is made up of the species, their droppings and their carcasses. So if you have three pillows under your bed, and have slept on them for more than two years, congratulations -- you're sleeping on a whole pillow's worth of bugs and feces every night. If you have allergies, your pillow hotel for mites is making them worse.
Your clothes are teaming with allergens. Undressing in the bedroom quickly pollutes the air you'll breathe all night! 2. Shower before bedtime. If you use any styling or leave-in product in your hair, your head becomes a magnet for pollen and dander -- not something you want to nuzzle into your pillow! 3. Bathe Fido often, or ban him from the bedroom during the spring. Since pets spend more time outdoors during the spring and summer months, they unintentionally bring tremendous amounts of contaminants into the home. Dial up the temperature to at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit to kill dust mites.
Dust mites are microscopic creatures that live in rugs, blankets, and cushions, triggering skin rashes and asthma in millions of people worldwide. In Pakistan, physicians started diagnosing people with dust allergies, using Western kits, in the mid-1990s. But no one knew if these allergy-inducing bugs actually lived there! Knowing which species--if any--lived in Pakistani homes could help doctors make more accurate diagnoses. So in spring 2011, I collected dust from 300 homes in urban areas of Pothwar.
We have long known that we can catch germs while traveling. Recent years have shown that we can also bring home bed bugs. A 2014 study informs us that by merely plopping into the seat of a car or airplane, we can unknowingly pick up dust mites--microscopic 8-legged arthropods that eat the dead parts of our bodies such as skin scales, dandruff flakes, and hair. Dust mites are eyeless, headless, and heartless, yet they're expert travelers. They've been trekking around the world for 400 million years; in the modern era, they travel fast and in style, stowing away inside our seat cushions, luggage, and clothes.
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