How to Live With Allergies to Dust Mites

Allergies are a major source of concern in today's world. People are affected by different kinds of allergies, but beyond the health concerns for seasonal allergies, allergies to pets and outdoor allergies, there's another significant allergy issue that is a concern for many families. Some individuals have an allergic sensitivity to dust mites, the microscopic insects that burrow into various materials and are commonly found in home environments. It's impossible to completely eradicate dust mites from a home, but for those who have this kind of sensitivity, there are some general strategies that help allergy sufferers to live with allergies to dust mites.


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    Choose bedding and pillows made with natural materials as they dry out faster. Purchase waterproof, breathable mattress and pillow protectors and wash them frequently. These items can really help out with dust mite allergies and allergic reactions.
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    Wash bedding and other environments. Drapes, towels, curtains, tablecloths and anything else made of fabric, in addition to bed linens, are also a candidate for frequent laundering to help keep dust mite populations down.
    • Along with fixed items like linens, other objects can also carry dust mites. Some sources recommend washing stuffed animals and other toys made of soft, fluffy stuff to help lower dust mite populations.
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    Maintain low humidity in a home. The Mayo Clinic, an authority on health issues like allergies, recommends a 30 to 50 percent humidity level for dealing with a dust mite allergy.
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    Dust and vacuum. This regular household maintenance helps keep more dust mites and debris out of the interior air, which is good for allergy sufferers and everyone else.
    • Evaluate rugs and carpet. Having these kinds of flooring will generally elevate dust mite levels where hardwood or other floor designs can make for a more sterile living space. Homeowners and renters have to balance the issue of protecting floors with the results related to bad environments for dust mite allergy sufferers.
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    Consider pets as a source of allergens, which can also carry dust mites in their hair and dander. Getting non-allergy producing pets is a step in the right direction, but dust mite allergy sufferers need to think about pets as a component of allergy producers in a home.
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    Practice spring cleaning all year round. Treating surfaces, sweeping floors and eliminating clutter are all ways to cut down on the indoor air contaminants that include dust mites and dust mite-related debris.
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    Take a look at available air-conditioning technologies. Several manufacturers have started to offer small, portable air purifiers for the home. These can be effective in dealing with dust mite sensitivities. As another alternative, there are also whole house purifiers that attach to a furnace for forced-air purification. Some of these installations can be pricey, but they can really improve indoor air quality and help with a full range of allergies.

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Categories: Allergies and Immunization