Air Purifiers for Dust Can Trap Dust Mites Too

Discover the difference between dust and dust mites, and find the air purifier that's best for your allergy.


If you are an allergy sufferer, you may have been told by someone that you are allergic to dust and by others that you are allergic to dust mites. You have probably wondered about the different types of dust and whether they cause allergic reactions. The reality is that the size of dust and their potential irritation varies greatly depending upon the source of the dust, composition of the dust, and even your geographical location. Fortunately, quality HEPA air purifiers for dust trap the irritants; these air purifiers remove very small particles from the airstream.

Dust from the atmosphere that is heavy and settles quickly may not be problematic for you, because cilia (i.e. tiny hairs in your nose and sinuses) tends to catch this type of dust before it enters your lungs. Dust is also removed by air purifiers. However, "dust bunnies" in your house or office are generally more than simply dust. They are actually a combination of irritants, including dust mites, dust mite fecal matter, fibers, hair, shed skin cells, mold spores, pollen, bacteria, and pet dander. In metropolitan areas, dust in the home may also contain particles of smoke and soot from the atmosphere which can be removed by air purifiers.

Many allergy and asthma physicians acknowledge that dust mites may be leading to many allergy symptoms. Dust mites are microscopic, nest-building, insect-like creatures that thrive on discarded skin cells in damp, dark places like the beds of human beings. One dust mite averages about 20 droppings per day, and it is actually the enzymes in the fecal matter that trigger allergy symptoms in people. Because dust mites dwell in places with a lot of human traffic - cushions, mattresses, pillows, carpets, etc. - they easily become airborne. Thus, air purifiers for dust are critical in the prevention of allergic reactions to dust mites.

In summary, there are innumerable kinds of dust, but the dust mite should be one of your primary concerns for allergy and asthma relief.

Learn how air purifiers can reduce dust in your home.