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Dust Mite TV Coverage BBC 2
Mattress Care
Why Mattress Care Needed
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Mattress Care is Not an Option, it's Mandatory
You'll wash your hands and brush your teeth everyday. But have you been thinking about "Washing Mattress"?

Everybody wants to live in a sanitised safe environment. But we don't care about our mattress which contains mites, bacterias, viruses and fungi - they might be very harmful for us.

Now, we have to focus on our mattress because we spend about a third of the day in bed and protect our family's health from the dangerous creatures which live in our mattress.

The excretion of the mites contains a number of protein substances. When these are inhaled or touch the skin, the body produces antibodies. These antibodies cause the release of a chemical called histamine that leads to swelling and irritation of the upper respiratory passages - typical asthma and hay fever symptoms, and in the skin and eyes.

House Dust Mite
 
 
Dust mites are the leading trigger of allergens and asthma in the home and one of their prime breeding grounds is in the bed - you can't see them with the naked eye but you're probably sleeping with between 100,000 and 1 million of them and may not realise the effect they may have on your health and respiratory system.
 
 
Physical Characteristics
 
 
Less than half a millimetre in length, which makes
it hard to see with the naked eye
Wingless
Light coloured body with fine stripes
Life span of around two months or so, depending
on the conditions.
 
 
Habitat and food
 
 
The house dust mite survives in all climates, even at high altitude. Dust mites survive well in mattresses, carpets, furniture and bedding, with figures around 100-500 animals/g dust. Even in dry climates, house dust mites survive and reproduce easily in bedding (especially in pillows), which takes up moisture from body contact.
House dust mites consume minute particles of organic matter. Like all acari, house dust mites have a simple gut; they have no stomach but rather diverticulae, which are sacs or pouches that divert out of hollow organs. Like many decomposer animals, they select food that has been already partially decomposed by fungi.
 
 
The Affects
 
 
German Scientist "Horst Veith"(left picture) said
"No mite excrements no allergens
triggering the house dust allergy"
 
 
Unlike other common household bugs (fleas, for example), dust mites don't bite. Their bodies, secretions and faeces contain particular proteins that can trigger allergic symptoms in susceptible people. Symptoms can include:
 
   
 
Wheezing
Coughing
Breathlessness
A tight feeling in the chest
Runny nose
Itchy nose
Itchy eyes
Itchy skin
Skin rashes
 
 
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