The mission of every Infectious Awareables tie is to generate interest, discussion, even excitement about serious public health issues such as this silk Dust Mites tie in blue. Believing that humor can be a powerful educational tool, Infectious Awareables neckties take an atypical, slightly irreverent approach to some very serious subjects. Shop and take pride in knowing that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to disease research/education. "Start the Conversation!" Dust Mites. Look closely at this subtle, understated and elegant design... and likely your tiny, invisible roommates! Living by the gillions in mattresses, bedding, carpets and curtains, microscopic mites are often associated with severe asthmatic and allergic response. With over 18 million Americans suffering from asthma, and eradication of mite 'activity' highly problematic, the impact of these creatures is significant. Extraordinarily beautiful tie, very ugly critters. A back-of-tie "Awareness Note" and a source citation are incorporated in the pattern design, which reads: "Dust Mites are ubiquitous, microscopic creatures often associated with severe asthmatic and allergic response. Their waste is present in dust of most domestic settings, making their removal highly problematic. They are also very ugly." "Original images provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and/or other credentialed sources." Note: IA contributes a portion of proceeds to research, education or support associated with important non-profit public health agencies and organizations.