Your doctor may examine the condition of the lining in your nose with a lighted instrument to confirm that you are allergic to something in the air. An allergy to something in the air will cause swelling of the nasal passages, which can make them look pale or blue.
If your symptoms worsen before bed or during cleaning—when dust mite allergens would be momentarily airborne—your doctor may suspect a dust mite allergy. Finding the source of the allergy could be more challenging if you have a pet, especially if they sleep in your bedroom.
The best way to manage a dust mite allergy is to prevent exposure to dust mites. Although you can’t get rid of all dust mites from your house, you can greatly lower their population. As follows:
Use bed linens that are allergen-proof. Cover your pillows and mattress with dust- or allergen-blocking materials. The tightly woven fabric used to make these covers keeps dust mites from growing on the mattress or escaping from the pillows. Cover box springs with allergen-resistant materials.
Weekly cleaning for bedding.
To eliminate allergens and kill dust mites, wash all bedding, blankets, pillowcases, and bedcovers in hot water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54.4 degrees Celsius). In order to destroy the mites, place bedding that cannot be washed hot in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at a temperature higher than 130 F (54.4 C). To get rid of allergens, wash and dry the bedding afterward. Dust mites can also be eliminated by freezing nonwashable items for a full day, but the allergens will still be present.
Keep humidity low.
Keep your home’s relative humidity below 50%. A hygrometer (found at hardware stores) can be used to measure humidity levels, and a dehumidifier or air conditioner can assist in maintaining low humidity.
Make thoughtful bedding selections. Steer clear of bedcoverings that are difficult to clean frequently and easily gather dust.
Buy washable stuffed toys.
Rinse them under cold water and pat dry. Don’t put plush toys on beds either.
Take out the dust.
To remove dust, use an oiled or damp mop or rag instead of dry materials. By doing this, dust is kept from getting airborne and settling again.
The majority of dust mites and dust mite allergens cannot be removed by vacuuming; however, surface dust can be removed from upholstered furniture and carpets. To help reduce house dust emissions from the hoover, use one with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter or a double-layered microfilter bag. If you have severe allergies, have someone else hoover the area while you stay outside. Before entering the vacuumed room again, give it a good two hours’ rest.
Eliminate clutter. Dust mites are also collected if there is dust accumulation. Clear your bedroom of any trinkets, ornaments for the table, books, magazines, and newspapers.