If you have eczema, you know that dust mites are not your friend and for good reason! Dust mites cause the most flares for eczema sufferers when compared to other common allergies. Dust mites are tiny creepy crawlers that are likely to be found in pillows, furniture, mattresses, or just about anywhere in your home.
As hard as we try, it is impossible to eliminate ALL dust mites in your house. In fact there can be about 30,000 dust mites in one ounce of dust! Since eczema makes the outer skin barrier weak and dust mites survive on our dead skin cells, this uneasy combination can cause many eczema flares. Luckily there are many solutions to limit dust mites and make living with eczema easier.
Bedding: Dust mites love bedding! The hot and humid atmosphere with millions of dead skin flakes is their ideal environment. Since this is their most common place to be found, follow all of these tips to limit the creepy crawlers.
- Wash your bedding once per week on HOT water to kill dust mites. You can also freeze them by putting your sheets in the freezer overnight.
- Use high quality sheets. These sheets are 100% woven TENCEL® and ideal for eczema sufferers and individuals with sensitive skin as they are anti-itch, breathable and ultra soft. Find your size here.
- Cover pillows and mattress with dust-proof covers. These covers can be found at Target, Amazon, or at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. Find some on Amazon here.
Dehumidifier: Dust mites hate dry air, so a dehumidifier will limit their existence in your home. Set the dehumidifier between 30% and 50%, too thin of air can cause eczema flares.
HEPA Filtered Vacuums: Yes, unfortunately vacuuming is a necessity when it comes to dust mite control. HEPA vacuums have the ability to vacuum curtains, sheets, mattresses, and even furniture. It’s high powered efficiency is why many people allergic to dust or have eczema decide to invest in a HEPA vacuum. Read this article on the best vacuum for eczema sufferers https://www.adrescuewear.com/blog/choosing-the-right-vacuum-to-manage-eczema/
Awesome tip: If vacuuming is not your thing you can now purchase HEPA filters for your Roomba or other robot vacuum cleaners. This is an excellent way of cleaning up the dust around your house with just a click of a button!
Furnace Filter: Use an allergy friendly furnace filter for your furnace and air conditioner. Change your furnace filter at least twice a year. Read this article on the best furnace filters for individuals with eczema https://www.adrescuewear.com/blog/the-best-furnace-filter-for-eczema-sufferers/
Declutter: As awesome as is to collect old books or vintage furniture, the dust mites they bring along with them may not be worth it. Try starting with a room that has the most “clutter” and categorize items into NEED, SELL, and DONATE. This can help you get rid of things you don’t need or use much anymore. Always rinse off and moisturize after working around dust.
- If feasible, remove large amounts of carpeting from your home, dust mites thrive in old carpeting or rugs.
- Use swiffers to capture dust on floors and other surfaces.
- Damp mop your floors with water. This will reduce the amount of dust circling in the air.
- Groom your pets frequently, they too shed skin and hair. Research connecting eczema with dust mites is ongoing. And keep your pets out of the bedroom.
Research connecting eczema with dust mites is ongoing. There is no clear understanding of the exact relationship between dust mites and eczema, however there are many tips and tricks we can use in the meantime. Additionally, new products to make life cleaner and easier are being released frequently.
Please remember information on our blog is not designed or meant to replace a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.