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Do Mattresses Get Dust Mites? (Solved)

They’re a common allergy trigger, are present in even the cleanest of homes and there could be up to a million of them in your mattress. House dust mites, also called bed mites, are microscopic organisms. They feed on organic materials (such as dead skin cells) that have been broken down by fungi 🔥 Many people can live happily alongside house dust mites and often do not realize that they are present 🔥 But if you’re one of the millions of people worldwide who suffer from dust mite allergy, they can cause a whole host of unpleasant symptoms 😊 These can include itchy, red eyes, a runny and ‘bunged-up’ nose, sneezing and worsened asthma and eczema symptoms. [1]
You can think of dust mites as living in your pillows and eating your skin and hair by the millions. These mites are often a cause of allergy and asthma in children, as well as elderly people. According to the American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology, approximately 10 percent of Americans exhibit allergic sensitivity to dust mites. According to the American Lung Associations, dust mites don’t infest our bodies. They produce harmful allergies through their excrement and fragments of the body. Nearly all homes have dust mite allergen. In the United States, approximately four-fifths of households contain at least one bed containing their allergen. You will feel much better knowing that dust mites don’t bite and sting, and you are only allergic to their urine. WebMD says that dust mites love to eat human and pet skin. It is likely that you shed more skin each day than it takes to feed one million dust mites. Modified by Stephanie Foster (Quebec City, Canada) on July 13, 2021 [2]
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Heidy Baron at slate.comThis article explains how mites eat the skin cells we naturally shed in our sleep. Their mouths are designed like chopsticks in that they don’t open very far, so thin, protein-packed flakes of skin—Needham compared them to Pringles—are their ideal meal. The humidity dust mites can also be found in your body. Need to survive: Needham explained that instead of drinking water, their apparatus suckers moisture directly from the atmosphere. In other words, your mattress is a dust mite’s ideal habitat; when you go to sleep, you provide all the food, water, and warmth a mite could ever want. Amani Sanderson edited this article on May 14, 2020. [3]
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Innerspring mattresses are another option. Bedbugs and other life forms can thrive in innerspring mattresses. But what about dust mites. Dust mites live on top of mattresses and can eat, breed, and poop there. They will also live in your innerspring mattress. The trouble is, it is not them you have to worry about, it’s the ones on the surface of your mattress. That means a memory foam mattress can be just as much a problem as an innerspring mattress – they both have an outer surface, and that’s where the issue lies! This article was revised by Danielle N. From Tbilisi in Georgia, August 18, 2021. [4]

Article references

  1. https://healthy-house.co.uk/allergy-blog/5-tips-to-remove-dust-mites-from-mattress/
  2. https://www.ehso.com/dustmites.php
  3. https://slate.com/human-interest/2015/11/mattresses-dust-mites-and-skin-cells-how-gross-does-your-mattress-get-over-time.html
  4. https://insidebedroom.com/can-dust-mites-live-memory-foam-mattresses-and-pillows/
Mehreen Alberts

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