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Old 10-18-2008, 11:55 PM
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Dust Mite allergy - anyone dealt with this?

So my battery of allergy tests revealed that i am severly allergic to dust mites thankfully, i am a neat freak, so i already vacuum (hepa filter) and clean weekly already.

what i am wondering about is the allergy covers that the dr. reccommened using on my pillows/mattress/boxspring. has anyone here had to deal with this, and if so, do you have any products that you reccommend using?
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:29 AM
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So my battery of allergy tests revealed that i am severly allergic to dust mites thankfully, i am a neat freak, so i already vacuum (hepa filter) and clean weekly already.

what i am wondering about is the allergy covers that the dr. reccommened using on my pillows/mattress/boxspring. has anyone here had to deal with this, and if so, do you have any products that you reccommend using?
I tried those out for a while but them seemed very paper feeling to me and drove me nuts. I finally broke down and bought a tempurpedic bed and pillows. My furniture is basically wood and leather. I have hardwood floors and no carpet so I had no problems anywhere else.
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Old 10-19-2008, 02:29 AM
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Oh man those allergy covers are my savior, seriously. I bought mine at Bed Bath and Beyond and they work just as well as the ones in the doctor's brochures. They can be pretty expensive, especially if you have a larger matress but they are well worth it. I think I paid like $75 for a queen size one. If I sleep on a mattress or pillow without the cover I will be extremely congested in the morning, and if I were to do that for a week I'd be sick for sure.
Go for it! Tempurpedic is allergen-resistant, not allergen-proof. The covers are not bad at all, you won't notice the one over your mattress with your bedding on top. The pillow covers were a little hard to get used to at first, but they don't bother me at all now.
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Old 10-19-2008, 06:16 AM
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I'm also severely allergic to dust mite poo I wash my sheets around twice a week, but still wake up congested. Most of the time I even fall asleep congested.
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Old 10-19-2008, 08:04 AM
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I agree with lengebretsen about the covers, definitely get them. You can get them at any bedding store, or probably even Target/Sears/wherever. I used them for years, and I never noticed them once my bedding was over top of them, and the pillow ones are great, too. You can wash your sheets all the time, but that won't help with the dust in your mattress and pillow. I don't think it really matters what brand you get, as far as I know most of them are the same.
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Old 10-19-2008, 08:52 AM
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I know these things exist, but my skin is officially crawling. Dust mite poo? ** off to sanitize everything **
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Old 10-19-2008, 09:01 AM
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What are your symptoms, Kate?
I felt like I had allergies for the entire year last year (always woke up congested and with ouchy eyes) and I am wondering if that might be part of the problem.
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:01 AM
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Get a dyson and protect-a-bed mattress and pillow covers. Since I got those I haven't had any allergies. Highly recommend the dyson!!!!
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:22 AM
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^ i was thinking about a new vaccuum, I'll look into that, geebs. what model did you get?

shi - it grosses me out too! i try not to think about it. *ick*

jessani - same symptoms, they just vary with how "dirty" my house is. if i forget to change the sheets and go 7-10 days instead of 5, or not wipe down my ceiling fan ever few days, forget it. congested, itchy eyes/ear issues, serious sinus problems i've had all my life only now attributed to this. and i'm supposed to wear a mask when i clean, but i don't, and i feel crummy everytime. it's really worth getting allergy tested - it took like 45 mins and you get the results right in the office.

now with the covers themselves, do you wash them as well? if so, how often? i'll definitly be buying some today ( i really should get some new pillows as well) i wish i could afford a tempupedic mattress
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:02 AM
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I got the least powerful one there is and I noticed such a difference. I got the dyson slim all floors. It's 200 airwatts and upposed to 220 for the others *i think*. There is a dyson absolute that's supposed to be the best for allergies. I think it's all in the filtration system. It traps all the allergens as opposed to spewing it back in the air. When I did my mattress for the first time I got a some super fine flour-like dust in the bin.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:34 AM
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I found out I'm allergic to dust mites when I was eight (did the allergy test). My mom ordered allergy covers for my mattress, comforter, and pillows from a catalog. I don't know the name off the top of my head, but I'll try to ask her later. When I was in elementary school, I would make these annoying snorting noises if I got really congested. I was given one of those nasal inhalers. My allergies have gotten a lot better over the years, but I think the covers make the biggest difference. I definitely don't wash mine very often, but I think your allergies are more severe than mine right now.
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My son is allergic to them also. I got matress and pillow covers and it's really helped. They do feel a bit papery, I don't know if it's the brand but it was the only one I found here, but they work. I also change his sheets every other day and sometimes every day if his allergies are bad.

I have heard about a vacuum cleaner that uses water in the filtration system and sucks in dust mites and other allergens (is this the one Geebs mentions??) but I cannot find it where I live. I will try to find it when I go to the US soon. Also, the doctor told me to avoid placing carpets in the house at all. Thankfully, where I live it's way to hot for carpets anyway, so that is not an issue.
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I figured out which brand I use -- Allergy Control

The website is AllergyControl.com. Mine don't feel papery, but I've also had them forever, so maybe I just don't notice it. The pillow ones are actually really soft.
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Old 10-19-2008, 08:39 PM
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thank you so much, everyone!

i really appreciate all the advice/help/suggestions. i'm in the process of
de-cluttering the bedroom, changing the curtains, getting rid of the venitian blinds and i'm getting rid of the only rug we have, which is in the living room. (we do have a cloth sofa, but i can't get rid of everything i own, lol.) i'll get some of those covers tomorrow, ran out of time today.
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There is a spray for dustmites that you can buy from pharmacies, just spray on sofa, mattresses, cushions, rugs etc. and it will deactivate the allergens. It's rather costly though, around 12 bucks for a bottle, but you'd only need to use it maybe once a month or so.

Just change bedding and vacuum regularly, should be fine. I'm also severely allergic to dustmites, I did an allergen test once and almost half my arm swelled up like a mosquito bite.

I also take antihistamines, I find that if I take them consistently for 3-4 days I usually won't have another runny nose/allergy episode for a good few weeks.
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I'm also severely allergic. I take Allegra-D 24 hr. and Singulair and Flonase, which works pretty well for me. I also make sure to use the covers. You can also get an air purifier or start allergy shots if it continues to really impact your life. Hope that helps
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hello!!

Well the dust mites liberate an allergen as a result of which you become allergic to the so called dust. In order to kill them i suppose repellents and sprays work great. Try some. It helps.
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