It would appear that our beds have become a most hazardous place to be these days. Not only do dust mites live there, but bed bugs can, too, waiting anxiously for us to furnish them food in the form of skin and blood. Now there are special bed bug and dust mite silver sheets that can protect you from both.
Bed Bugs Bite

Bed bugs actively bite people to feed on our blood while we sleep. The bites themselves are painless, but may leave itchy, red scars the next morning. Typical symptoms indicating bed bug bites are small red spots in rows of three or more. Every person reacts differently, however, and some people may exhibit no symptoms while others can have severe skin reactions. Most people become increasingly sensitive to bed bug bites with repeated bites over time.
Dust Mites Cause Allergies
Dust mites do not bite, but are the major cause of indoor allergies. The mites themselves do not produce symptoms, but a protein in their fecal pellets does cause asthma, or aggravates existing asthma symptoms. Dust mites can also cause eczema, a skin condition also known as “atopic dermatitis,” whereby the skin becomes dry, itchy, red and scaly.
Dust Mite Allergies
The most common type of allergy. It’s been estimated that 70% of all allergy sufferers are allergic to dust. Dust Mites are microscopic creatures that live in your bedding by the millions and cause allergies.


Dust mite allergies far exceed other indoor allergens in severity for two reasons: they exist independent of human lifestyle and socio-economic class; and the allergens produced by dust mites have been linked conclusively to the development of asthma and the aggravation of symptoms in people who already have asthma. Cat dander allergens are the most potent indoor allergens, yet cause relatively weak reactions, often limited to a stuffy nose, sneezing, and watery eyes.
The Haven of Home
Energy conservation since the 1970s has increasingly led to improvements in insulation, sealed windows, other developments have reduced air circulation and ventilation in many cases. This allowed humidity to increase, if even ever so slightly, making the indoor environment more hospitable to dust mites. People have also been spending more and more time indoors, increasing their exposure to indoor allergens of all kinds.
Dust Mite Droppings

Dust mite droppings called “fecal pellets” are the primary source of dust mite allergens. When the tiny turds become airborne they are easily inhaled, causing a person to sneeze, itch, or worse. Dust mite allergens are one of the leading causes of asthma.
While there appears to be some relationship between dust mite allergens and atopic dermatitis (the clinical name for eczema), it does not seem to be a cause and effect phenomenon, at least not in the sense that dust mites cause eczema. The reverse might be true, as eczema does appear to predispose a person to allergies.
Atopic Dermatitis
Children and infants with Eczema is a skin condition often expressed as a red, intensely itchy facial rash (scratching the itch provokes the rash). A family history of eczema, asthma, or even allergic rhinitis can be an indication of a possible predisposition for eczema in a child. Children can outgrow eczema, or it may continue or even reappear when they become adults. Adults with eczema often suffer periodic bouts of extreme itchiness, which when scratched or rubbed results in rashes, frequently at joints such as the elbow or knee, but a rash can appear nearly anywhere on the body. Chronic eczema results in thickened, scaly, leathery patches of skin from constant scratching of itches.
Two fairly universal characteristics seem to be at the foundation of eczema: the skin of eczema patients is much drier than normal, unable to retain water as easily as the skin of most people. Also, the skin is easily inflamed. Just what sets off that inflammation is the major point of controversy.
Dust Mites and Eczema
There appears to be little debate that even if eczema patients are not outright allergic to dust mites, the mites and their allergens are certainly an irritant that can trigger a flare-up of atopic dermatitis. It simply becomes difficult to qualify that relationship because so many other substances and circumstances can result in a flare-up:
Location of Bed Bugs and Dust Mites

Bed bugs mostly live in our bedsand they are very active at night and must hide by day, often under the mattresses, or in the seams along the edges. They also slip into the slots where the bed frame slides into the headboard and footboard. Bed bugs have also been found in crevices in bedside furniture, behind headboards and pictures and posters on the wall, and behind peeling wallpaper, just to name a few locations. Dust mites are tiny enough to slip easily between the threads in the fabric of mattress pads, and mattresses themselves.