The VIN Dermatology Consultants
Date Published: 09/22/2003
Date Reviewed/Revised: 10/23/2015

House dust mites (Dermatophagoides farinae, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus) are bugs that are  in every home, and some pets are allergic to them. Because these mites are very small, they cannot be seen without a microscope. House dust mites eat the skin scales and dander shed by humans and animals. They are most commonly found in the sleeping areas of people and pets. House dust mites also like to live in homes with high humidity. And Houston is abundant in humidity!

Photo courtesy of Dr. Carol Foil

A house dust mite allergy is NOT a sign of a dirty house. Homes with carpeting and areas with high humidity will always have some dust mites.  

The following are some ideas that can be used to reduce the amount of house dust mites in your home.

This post originally appeared on Veterinary Partner. You can find the post here.

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