“I can’t breathe!”
These may be the most terrifying words any parent has ever heard. It’s especially bad when it comes unexpected, in the middle of the night, when everyone was supposed to be sleeping peacefully.
Asthma is scary. Many people are affected by it, and even mild cases cause anxiety and dismay. Asthma and allergies often go hand in hand. Exposure to an allergen can bring on an attack, and the feeling of not being able to get a full breath of air can cause panic in the calmest individual. It’s a basic survival response, but it makes everything worse.
That’s why it’s so important to be proactive about these things. Preventing exposure to allergens and irritants is really your best hope. In order to plan ahead, though, you need to know about dust mites. Dust mites are tiny little insects that are everywhere. They feed off dead skin cells, and then when they’re done digesting, they poop, and that’s the real irritant. That’s right – if someone has a “dust allergy,” what they really mean is that their body has a strong reaction to the feces of a tiny insect. This reaction can take many forms, like itchy skin or sneezing. A stuffy nose. Snoring. Or, worst of all – an asthma attack.