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The Mattress Doctor - Specialist  Mattress  Cleaning for North London and North West London

Meet The Dust Mites In Your Mattress!

Mattresses are the perfect environment for Dust Mites. Dust Mites are tiny creatures that are members of the Arachnid (spider) family. They thrive in temperatures of more than 20°C (70°F) with a relative humidity of 60-80%. These are the conditions found almost exclusively within the mattresses you and your family sleep on every night.

Bacteria infested flakes of dry skin from you and your pets offer Dust Mites a rich source of food. Their reproductive rate is very high. Natural enemies, such as predatory mites, are extinct. Up to 2,500 Dust Mites have been counted in one gram of dust. That means there are up to two million Dust Mites in one double size mattress! Each Dust Mite excretes approximately 20 pellets of excrement a day which contain allergens in the form of protease enzymes. These can attack the protective lining of the nose, throat and lungs. Moving around in bed makes the allergens airborne and easy to inhale. This stimulates the body's immune system, triggering the symptoms of asthma and rhinitis.

More and more scientific evidence points to the fact that this Dust Mite excrement and the skeletons of dead Dust Mites are a cause of allergies and related problems e.g. asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, inflammation of the mucous membranes, reddening of the eyes and itching. It can also be a contributory factor to skin diseases including dermatitis and eczema. Asthma in particular, is increasing at an alarming rate among children worldwide and is causing widespread concern. 85% of people with asthma have been found to have an allergy to Dust Mites.

"Dust Mite proteins have been implicated as a predominant cause of the current increase in asthma prevalence. Recent advances in the understanding of these allergens have vastly increased the potential for more effective treatment and prophylaxis. In the absence of vaccines, environmental controls aimed at allergen avoidance are currently the best defense against the disease."


In the United Kingdom, the National Asthma Campaign reported that the number of Asthma sufferers in the UK increased from 2.3 million in the year 2000 to 5.3 million by the beginning of 2003!

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Bayswater, Belsize Park, Borehamwood, Bushey, Camden, Cricklewood, Crouch End, East Finchley, Edgeware, Elstree, Finchley Central, Friern Barnet, Golders Green, Hampstead, Harrow, Hendon, .. Highbury, Highgate, Holland Park, Holloway, Islington , Kentish Town, Kilburn, Maida Vale, Marylebone, Mayfiar, Mill Hill, Musewll Hill, North Finchley, North Kensington, Northwood, Notting Hill, Pinner, Queens Park, Radlett, Regents Park, St Albans, St John's Wood, Southgate, Stanmore, Swiss Cottage, Totteridge, Tuffnell Park, West Hampstead, Whetstone, Winchmore Hill, Wood Green 

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