Dust Mites flourish in humid conditions and feast on your scaly dry skin particles. Your mattress and pillow may contain up to 10 million dust mites and their droppings. It is those droppings that produce a protein that you ingest while you sleep causing your respiratory passages to become inflamed and irritated creating a clogging in the lungs. Other symptoms of dust mite allergies are sneezing, sinus congestion, hay fever, itchiness, inflamed or infected eczema.
Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew are forms of fungi that grow in warm and humid places – such as YOUR BED – and are considered by some to be amongst the most lethal triggers of asthma attacks even
in non sensitized individuals. Your mattress, pillow and comforter/duvet are a possible breeding ground for mold and mildew. Repeated exposure to their spores can trigger symptoms such as eye, skin, nose and throat irritations even in non asthmatics. Mold produces allergens, irritants and in extreme cases potentially toxic substances.
Pet Dander is not something that you are immune to just because you may not have a pet. Cat and dog allergens are everywhere! These triggers can stay suspended in the air for extended periods of time and may land on your clothing, your hair, in your ears, nose and throat. It is commonly believed that the pet hair is the allergen but in fact it is the pet's dander, which is the dead skin flakes a pet sheds, that trigger symptoms, the most common of which are wheezing, runny nose, hay fever, eye, skin, and throat irritations.