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Allergy Free Home Cheat Sheet

2 Quick measures to take to make your house allergen free! 

Cover Mattress, pillow and duvet with full encasement covers as these are the main source of allergen production.

Vacuum floors especially under beds with a HEPA filtered vacuum.

These are 2 step that will greatly reduce the volume of allergens in the home which trigger asthma and allergies.

For further advice please call us on 01-2802800

 Using anti-allergy mattress covers, pillow covers & duvet covers greatly reduce allergen count in the home

Using anti-allergy mattress covers, pillow covers & duvet covers greatly reduce allergen count in the home

why dust mites are in your bed?

Are Dust MIte's Everywhere in the home?

Not everywhere in large quantities really, however, they are in your bed.

Why? Because they need certain ConditionsIn order to thrive and survive. When the humidity drops below 50% Dust like go into a state of shut down, a sort of hibernation like state where they group together in order to share moisture until the humidity rises again.

For this reason, they are more prevalent within your bed and bedding rather than let's say on the rug underneath the coffee table in your living room. 

What the dust mite needs in order to survive:

  • A constant source of discarded skin (their favourite food stuff)
  • A source of heat which they get from our body heat at night.
  • Moisture. Which they get from our bodies perspiration at night.

They also prefer dark areas. So the cavernous dark areas of our mattress, pillow and duvet along with the discarded skin we provide them with for 8 hours a day, along with the heat and moisture give them perfect conditions in which to breed at a very rapid rate.

Covering your mattress in our Class one medical device stops dust mites and their allergens. 

For more information on these read our blog on the "benifits of anti allergy bedding"

Why Dust Mites are in our bed?

benefits of anti allergy bedding

Why use anti-allergy covers?

75% of allergic reactions that trigger Asthma, Eczema & Allergic Rhinitis are caused by the house dust mite's (Faeces) allergen.

You lose an average of 3.6 kg of discarded skin each year, so between you and your partner there is nearly 2.5kg of dead skin entering your mattress each year, picture pouring 2 and a half bags of sugar on your bed...now are you getting the idea?

So this is where all the dust in your bedroom is coming from, because as you know, once skin leaves your body it becomes know as dust, so much so that 85% of the dust within your home is made up of your skin, dust mites, dead dust mite carcases and their allergens. 

Each item of bedding in your home that you cover with the correct type (i.e. not what you buy in the department stores) of really anti-allergy covers means you dramatically reduce the dust mite allergen count in your home. (read our next blog on "why dust mites are in your bed?" for more information on this)

By using our anti-allergy, hypoallergenic covers on your mattress, duvet and pillow from new you will stop a dust mite population from ever taking hold in your bed, as well as stopping the organic build up within the bedding that leads to fungus and bacteria.

When used on existing mattress and bedding it will effectively seal in any dust mite allergens stopping them from becoming airborne thus greatly reducing exposure to the triggers that cause asthma and allergies. 

 Anti-Allergy Encasement Mattress Cover for total protection against dust mites.

Anti-Allergy Encasement Mattress Cover for total protection against dust mites.

What Are Dust Mites?

They are tiny microscopic organisms from the spider family. They are less than half a millimetre in length, have wingless, oval, light coloured bodies with fine stripes.

They live for about two months but due to their speedy reproductive cycle an average mattress can house 100,000’s of Dust Mites.

Dust mites are pests not visible to the naked eye (0.2 – 0.3 mm / 0.008 – 0.012 in).
They feed on the dead human skin cells found in dust, millions of dust mites can live in your home, particularly in the bedding, mattresses, carpets or curtains, and soft toys.

Dust mites don't bite, sting or burrow into our bodies. However, they produce some of the most common indoor substances that can trigger allergic reactions and asthma in many people. The harmful allergen they generate comes from their faeces and body scales.

house dust mites in your mattress

Anti-Allergy Bedding Photo Shoot!

 We spent the last weekend getting some new photos shot of anti-allergy mattress, duvet and pillow encasements with our two fantastic models and of course teddy! We think we got some great shots and we hope you do too!

By protecting your bed with Mitex Allergy encasement covers you are protecting your family from developing Asthma, Eczema and Allergic Rhinitis, all of which are triggered by house dust mite allergens which are found in large numbers inside all beds and bedding.... but not if you use Mitex!

 We spent the weekend getting new shots of our anti-allergy bedding....comments welcome!

We spent the weekend getting new shots of our anti-allergy bedding....comments welcome!

New Mitex Basics Now Available

We are launching a new line of Mitex Basics!

These are priced much more competitively in line with the mattress protectors available through Dunnes Stores, Debenhams, Marks & Spencers and other department stores in Ireland, with the important difference being that ours actually work! They are made from a similar fabric to our Mitex Allergy range of full encasement covers, so they will still stop a single house dust mite allergen from passing through while the others mentioned are purely quilt stitched cotton mattress protectors with a thin layer of hollow fibre filling, which may protect your mattress from accidental spills and stains, but will do nothing to stop dust mite allergens from passing through, or indeed dust mites from living within them either.

There is a misnomer that house dust mites do not live within hollow fibre as it was believed they were living on the residual proteins on feather and down, this was disproven many many years ago. Of course, after the sterilisation process thAT feather and down goes through before it gets anywhere close to your duvet and pillow there is no organic material left.

So these are a great first step towards protecting yourself against dust mite allergens, as added protection on a spare bed, as a set to bring while travelling or if your allergy is mild.

Mitex Basics anti-allergy bed set

Dust, House Dust Mites & Your Skin

Skin

Your skin is composed of several layers. The layer you can see is called the epidermis. It's composed of cells made of keratin, a hard substance that also forms your hair and nails

New keratinocytes grow at the lowest level of the epidermis, which bonds with the next layer, the dermis. The new skin cells gradually push their way to the top layer. When they reach the top, they die and are "weathered" by the environment and your daily activities. The top "dead" layer is called the stratum corneum. Eventually, the dead cells break away from the epidermis and fall off, making room for newer cells growing up from below. It takes roughly one month for new cells to get all the way to the top layer, meaning the skin you have a month from today will be completely new compared to the skin you have now.

Scientists estimate that the human body is made up of around 10 trillion cells in total. Your skin makes up about 16 percent of your body weight, which means you have roughly 1.6 trillion skin cells

Of those billions of skin cells, between 30,000 and 40,000 of them fall off every hour

Over a 24-hour period, you lose almost a million skin cells

Where do they all go? The dust that collects on your tables, TV, windowsills and on those picture frames that are so hard to get clean is made mostly from dead human skin cells. In other words, your house is filled with former bits of yourself. In one year, you'll shed more than 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) of dead skin. It gets even grosser: Your house is also filled with trillions of microscopic life forms called dust mites that eat your old dead skin.

So if you have trouble sleeping, Asthma, Allergies or Eczema? Mitex Allergy can help!

 

What is Mitex Allergy?

What is Mitex Allergy?

Mitex Mattress Covers are manufactured from a special vapour permeable fabric they are cool and silent to sleep on as the micro porous fabric allows body heat and moisture to pass through while at the same time preventing house dust mites and their microscopic droppings (allergens) from escaping.

Our new anti-allergy range for babies, toddlers and children is coming soon!

Our new anti-allergy range for babies, toddlers and children is coming soon!

75% of respiratory issues or triggered by house dust mites and as many as one in 10 in Ireland suffer from asthma or asthma related symptoms.

Treatment of asthma can be a serious financial strain on on families therefore it is wise to take some simple proportions precautions in order to protect you and especially your children from developing these symptoms in the first place