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Dust Mites & Bed Bugs
I started this web page after seeing a segment on the TV
show "Extra" (8/23/00), which claimed that the average pillow is 10% dead dust
mites and their droppings. Allergy or no allergy, that's got to be making people
sick so I decided on a mattress and pillow cover. I did some research on
the Internet and it sounds like the
Pristine® Allerweave® brand.
News & Research:
Scientists: To keep mites away, leave your bed unmade every day - USA Today,
9/11/15 - "We know that mites can only survive by taking
in water from the atmosphere using small glands on the outside of their body.
Something as simple as leaving a bed unmade during the day can remove moisture
from the sheets and mattress so the mites will dehydrate and eventually die"
ActiveGuard mattress liners reduce bed bugs' ability to lay eggs, study finds
- Science Daily, 4/1/15 - "out of 52 females tested, only one laid a single egg"
- See ActiveGuard mattress liners at Amazon.com.
Chicago Top City for Bed Bugs - ABC News, 1/18/13 -
"Here are the top 50 U.S. cities, ranked in order of
the number of bed bug treatments. The number in parenthesis is the shift in
ranking compared to January to December 2011: 1. Chicago (+1) ... 2. Detroit
(+1) ... 3. Los Angeles (+2) ... 4. Denver ... 5. Cincinnati (-4) ... 6.
Columbus, Ohio ... 7. Washington, D.C. (+1) ... 8. Cleveland/Akron/Canton
(+5) ... 9. Dallas/Ft. Worth (-2) ... 10. New York (-1)"
Are Mites Causing Your Rosacea? - WebMD, 8/30/12 -
"Demodex mites live on the skin of 20% to 80% of
adults. The tiny bugs are invisible to the naked eye. Until recently, it was
thought that the mites lived harmlessly, feeding off the oily sebum that
coats the skin ... people with rosacea have more than 10 times as many
Demodex mites on their skin as people without the condition ... Those
bacteria trigger an immune reaction that causes redness and inflammation of
the skin ... This study contains evidence, but it's not proof"
Much Ado About Dust Mites - NYTimes.com, 3/4/11 -
"Dust mites are microscopic creatures, about 0.4
millimeters in length, that feast on flakes of human skin. Their feces
contains a substance called DerP1, a very potent allergen. People who are
allergic to dust mites may have asthma-like symptoms, eczema or chronic
sinus problems ... Many of us believe that bed linens, pillows and
mattresses must be replaced regularly in order to prevent them from becoming
home to vast colonies of these nasty critters, lest their feces spread and
cause allergic reactions in family members. According to most experts, the
truth is a bit more prosaic. People who have allergies to dust mites should
indeed take measures to protect themselves. But everyone else can skip the
expensive trips to Linens “R” Us"
Heating, Air-Conditioning And Carpets May Be Hazardous To Your Health -
Science Daily, 11/10/09 - "A damp building with high
humidity may lead to increased levels of dust mites and mold, leading to
increased allergic respiratory symptoms, as well as the worsening of asthma.
And even if someone is not allergic, molds may produce mycotoxins and
volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) that smell bad and may cause respiratory
Dust Mites: Is Resistance Futile? - WebMD, 4/15/08
Mites Outlast Heroic Efforts To Help Asthma Patients - Science Daily,
Unwanted Bedmates: Your Pillow Could Make You Sick - cbs2chicago.com,
3/26/08 - "your pillow could be making you sick.
Pillows are the perfect place for dust mites and fungi to grow and multiply
... One option is to stick it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer to
kill the mites and other germs ... you can also wash your pillows in very
hot water to kill the germs and mites or buy special impermeable pillow
cases to keep them out"
Dust mites, roaches can
weaken your skin - Skin and beauty- msnbc.com - MSNBC, 2/28/08
Vacuum Cleaning Is Ineffective At Removing Dust Mite Allergen, According To
Study - Science Daily, 5/22/07
Hotter Is Better For Removing Allergens In Laundry - Science Daily,
5/20/07 - "140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 ºC) or
higher--kills all house dust mites, compared with just 6.5% of dust mites in
laundry washed at 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 ºC), or warm water"
Dust Mites Elude High-End Vacuums - WebMD, 2/17/06
Get Rid Of Bed Bugs - cbs2chicago.com, 2/7/06
Pillows: A Hot Bed Of Fungal Spores - Science Daily, 10/14/05
Your Pillows Are
Full of Fungus - WebMD, 10/14/05 -
"It is thought that human skin scales in bedding are
used as a food source for fungi, and the fungi are eaten by mites. And the
fungi might sit on the mite feces as well"
Sublingual Immunotherapy Effective in Treating Mite-Induced Allergic
Rhinitis, Asthma - Doctor's Guide, 3/21/05
Impermeable Bed Cover Use Does Not Lead to Improved Symptoms for Patients
with Asthma or Allergic Rhinitis - Doctor's Guide, 7/21/03
Bedding Not Enough - WebMD, 7/16/03
- Dust Mite
Allergies in Newborns Prevalent in Homes With Gas Stoves - WebMD,
Bedroom House-Mite Dust Levels Unrelated To Later Bronchial
Hyper-Responsiveness - Doctor's Guide, 2/4/03
Intervention Lowers Mite Allergen Sensitisation in High-Risk Children -
Doctor's Guide, 11/12/02
Reducing House Dust Mite Allergen Load Ineffective in Atopic Dermatitis
- Doctor's Guide, 9/23/02
Feather Bedding Could Reduce House-Dust Mite Sensitisation in Children -
Doctor's Guide, 8/12/02
Spring Mattresses Rather Than Foam Reduce Exposure to House Dust Mite
Allergens - Doctor's Guide, 5/31/02
- Shake Out the
Dog, Vacuum the Cat: It's Time for Spring Cleaning - WebMD, 3/15/02
- Simple Steps Can Reduce
Dust Mite Allergens in Homes - Doctor's Guide, 8/7/01
- Wash Those Mites
Right Out of Your House - WebMD, 8/6/01
- You'll Never
Guess What's Sleeping in Your Bed, Dust Mites -- and They're Known to
Trigger Asthma, Allergies - WebMD, 5/22/01 -
"some 86% of American homes have detectable levels
of dust mite allergen, but more importantly, around 23% of homes have enough
of the irritant to trigger respiratory problems"
- Experts Offer
Tips for Controlling Dust Mites and Other Allergens - WebMD, 3/20/01
- Dust Mites, Cats
Doubted as Cause of Childhood Asthma - WebMD, 10/20/00
Dust Mites: Where Are They Lurking? - ExtraTV.com, 8/23/00 -
"The average pillow will get up to 1/10 of its
weight from dust mites and dust mites waste material and its making people
Dust Mites and Asthma - Stephen A. Brunton and Richard L Saphir,
Stamford Hospital, Stamford, Conn., and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New
York, N.Y. - "approximately 10% of the weight of a
two-year-old pillow may be due to the presence of dead mites and their
- American Bedrooms Ripe
With Asthma-Causing Dust Mites And Allergens - Doctor's Guide, 5/10/00
- Almost Six in 10 Canadian
Asthmatics Do Not Have Disease Under Control - Doctor's Guide, 5/10/00 -
"A significant portion of U.S. homes have beds with
dust mite and cockroach allergen levels that exceed levels previously
associated with triggering asthma symptoms ... Extrapolating the findings to
the entire U.S. housing stock, the researchers estimated that 44 million
homes (over 45 percent of occupied housing units) have beds with levels of
dust mite previously associated with allergen sensitization, while 22
million homes (23 percent) are estimated to have beds with levels of dust
mites believed to be associated with symptomatic asthma"
Bed Survey Shows Dust Mites in Bedding Can Trigger Allergies in Many Homes
- ABC News, 5/9/00
- New Ventilation/Cleaning
System Effective In Reducing Dust Mites - Doctor's Guide, 12/13/99
- Synthetic Pillows May Not
Be Best For Allergies - Doctor's Guide, 12/13/99 -
"It seems that it is not so much what is inside the
pillow that matters, than it is the fabric that covers the pillow"
- Allergies May Be Culprit
In Disabling Inner Ear Disorder - Doctor's Guide, 9/30/99
- New Allergy and Asthma
Findings - Doctor's Guide, 8/5/96 -
"exposure to indoor allergens, particularly to dust
mites, can play an important role in both primary sensitization and the
later development of asthma ... Sixty percent of the asthmatics had a
positive skin test to mite allergen ... the researchers found dust mite
allergen concentrations to be the highest in beds ... Our results suggest
that in mite-sensitive patients, the level of exposure to mite allergens has
a major influence on severity and clinical activity of asthma"
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