Skin Crawling Facts

Here are some quick facts about dust mites and the dust mite allergy.

  • Much smaller than a grain of sand, dust mites are too tiny to be seen with the human eye.
  • Approximately 80% of allergy sufferers are allergic to proteins that are found in the waste and decomposed body parts of dust mites.
  • Dust mite allergen is the number one cause of perennial allergic rhinitis.
  • If you often wake up with congestion, a runny nose, watery eyes, itching, or sneezing, then you are probably allergic to dust mites.
  • They love to burrow into fabric and feast on your dead skin cells. Humans shed two to three pounds of skin a year, plenty of food for tiny dust mites.
  • A gram (about a half teaspoon) of dust contains as many as 1,000 dust mites and 250,000 allergenic dust mite fecal pellets.
  • Dust mite populations increase rapidly. Each egg-laying female can increase the population by 25 or 30 new mites per week.
  • During its 80-day lifespan, the average dust mite produces about 1,000 allergen waste particles.
  • Dust mite populations peak during the hot, humid months of July and August.

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