MIAMI (CBS) – Did you know you’re not sleeping alone? Millions of mites live in your pillows, your mattress, stuffed animals and even your car.
All of these creepy crawly creatures may really creep you out, especially when you realize that you’re sleeping with millions of them every night but there is something you can do about it.
Erick Machadu realized mites were affecting him in a terrible way. “Every time I would wake up in the morning. I would have a rash, a little itch,” said Machadu.
Elie Andray said she had terrible allergies too. “When I woke up in the morning it was the worst,” said Andray.
Millions of Americans have allergic reactions to mites but it’s not exactly the mites they are allergic too but the mites feces people inhale while they sleep. Some people can also have a reaction to the dead bodies of the mites that turn to dust.
“As long as you have hair and skin that shed and they can drink from air, they can flourish,” explained Dr. Baseem Chahine. Dr. Chahine said mites eat hair and skin particles and with the humidity levels in Florida, they drink from the air without a problem.
The issue is particularly bad in South Florida, thanks to the constant humidity. So what can you do about it?
“Basically your bed may be loaded with these particles, you just seal them in,” said Dr. Chahine. If you get the proper pillow and mattress covers you can seal them in. Also, a dehumidifier helps and if you are still sneezing, stuffy and itchy, you can get a vaccine that’s effective in four out of five people.
Machadu said it worked for him and Andray agreed.
If you are prone to this allergy like 10 percent of the population is, you will have problems unless you address it. If you are not prone to this allergy, than not sleeping alone won’t affect you at all.