Lurking in your bedroom, dust mites thrive in bedding, carpets, flooring and rugs

Life can be exceptionally annoying if one suffers from allergic reactions. A trip to a friend’s house becomes marred by an absurd amount of coughing and spluttering, insects are treated with a distain more indicative of a far larger and more menacing animal, and warm summer walks share more in common with a funeral than a lawn party. With so many allergens surrounding us outside, it might be easy to believe that at least your home, and your bedroom, could offer a sanctuary from the pollen plague outside. I don’t mean to sound alarmist, but you’d be very wrong!

Clover Mites & Dust on a Concave Mirror

A report by the charity showed that the country’s 12 million citizens may be at risk of what they termed “home fever”; a diverse range of symptoms brought on by a plethora of nasties that reside in our boudoirs, an out of season hay fever. So how do we protect ourselves from this household annoyance?

Have a clean bed

The key source of home fever seems to be in the home. The same Allergy UK study noted that 58.9 percent of sufferers experienced worsened symptoms in their bedroom, a rather correlative figure that can be traced to the 2 million or so dust mites that live in beds. To rid your bed of this plague there are lots of things you can do; wash sheets and linen every week and dry at a temperature around 100 degrees, and remember to change your mattress every 10 years or so. Sites like have a variety of mattresses that won’t break the bank.


Surprisingly, the mere act of getting rid of a lot of the clutter, old items and knickknacks, which are so often strewn across our bedrooms nowadays, can rid your room of the conditions that . The less fabric in your room the better, and with metal and glass you can combine a de-allergen with a modernisation too!

Turn down the heat

Lots of allergen-producing insects truly dislike colder and less humid climes. Using a dehumidifier to make things less tropical or turning up the AC can make all the difference; dust mites find it difficult to reproduce when the temperature is below 77 Fahrenheit.

Clean up and contain

Simply wiping down your bed frame with a damp rag, once a month, can substantially rid your bedroom of dust and allergens. Couple this with installing wooden floors instead of heavy shag carpets, wooden blinds instead of thick curtains, and definitely aim to keep all pets out of the bedroom!

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An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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