THE POWER OF MICROSCOPIC BUGS
DUST MITES may seem like an insignificant topic to write about, but if you’ve ever suffered from allergies, you know this is no small matter. I still remember the actual day I developed severe allergies! I assumed I was catching a cold, but when the symptoms never ended, I realized I was stuck with pesky allergies.
It was obnoxious! I lived almost every day, all year long with a tissue in my hand. “Ahhhh-choo!” became a regular part of my vocabulary. My throat was itchy, my eyes were watery, I was sneezing non-stop & my nose ran faster than an Olympian.
It's hard to get anything accomplished throughout the day while fighting that kind of battle. When I wasn’t tired from the allergies, I was tired from the allergy meds. And if seasonal allergies make you crazy, imagine the irritability that comes from combating allergies year-round!
I saw a specialist & was skin tested, which was painless by the way. The test results revealed that my primary allergy was to Dust Mites. I was informed that every home has dust mites, but certain people overreact to these innocuous pests.
I ordered quality dust mite covers for my mattress, box springs, pillow & duvet cover. I spent A LOT of money in hopes that this would be my solution. Unfortunately, my symptoms persisted. It was so bad that I often had to wear a face mask around the house just to get some relief.
I remember one time when I was gone, my sweet husband tried to help by cleaning our home from floor to ceiling. But when I returned, the allergies did too.
My annoying allergies finally drove me to give up gluten in hopes of that alleviating my stubborn symptoms. The diet change dramatically eradicated numerous other symptoms, but the allergies still persisted.
To find out more about how my diet change helped me, please read:
MY FAMILY'S JOURNEY TOWARDS GLUTEN-FREE DAIRY-FREE LIVING
A PRODUCT THAT HELPED
Throughout my struggle with allergies, the product that helped me the most, other than over-the-counter drugs, was a cleansing pot called the Rhino Horn. It's a neti pot used for nasal irrigation. The one I use has been discontinued, but I like it because it's plastic & came with a measuring scoop that makes it easy to measure-out the perfect amount of sea salt & is convenient to stir with.
THE SIMPLE METHOD THAT BROUGHT ME
THE MOST DRAMATIC RESULTS
Regularly cleansing my nasal cavity brought a lot of relief, but that’s not what brought me my life-changing improvement. So, what did bring about the change?
Well, for almost 3 years, I lived with the mystery of why some days my allergies were significantly worse than others. It was always worse inside & usually better when outdoors. The worst allergy days were Sundays. Almost every Sunday morning, I would have a horrible allergy attack. Sometimes it was so bad that the drainage would cause me to have uncontrollable coughing fits. Since church was the only variable on Sundays, I wondered if I was under some sort of demonic attack.
But finally, one day it dawned on me that the main difference on Sundays was the clothes I wore! Throughout the week, I wore the same type of casual clothes & on Sundays I enjoyed dressing-up a little in my favorite outfits. I realized that the difference was that those outfits didn’t get washed as often. Since they were my favorite clothes & were usually made from unique fabrics, I didn’t want them to get faded or worn-out by washing them too frequently. And when I did wash them, they were re-hung in between similar clothes that had been sitting for a while, collecting dust mites.
MY SIMPLE SOLUTION FOR DEALING WITH DUST MITES IS TO SEPARATE MY CLOTHES!
I started by washing every piece of clothing I owned & then hung everything in zippered bags or folded them inside sealed containers. I designated those bags & containers to be used only for freshly washed items. Now, whenever I want to re-wear an item without re-washing it, I simply hang it in the closet or place it in a separate drawer reserved for daily use.
This simple strategy changed my life! It’s so easy; I don’t know why I didn’t try it at the beginning of my battle with allergies. That's exactly why I’m taking the time to write this article, in case you've also overlooked this obvious solution.
Environmental allergies can be debilitating. I suffered from them almost daily for over 2 years! It's a miserable feeling. So, if you struggle with dust mites, I hope you find relief from this simple solution & start feeling better soon too!