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Monday, October 31, 2022

Dust Mite Allergy: Reduce Exposure


Once an allergy has been identified, your healthcare supplier may recommend medications or therapies to control symptoms. The next step is environmental control to reduce or eliminate exposure to allergens. Evidence describes that allergy and asthma symptoms may increase over time if the recommended environmental control changes are made. Many of the changes are for the whole home, but the bedroom is the most vital because it is where people generally spend a third to half of their time. Environmental control measures to consider contain:

Enclosing a mattresses, pillows and box springs in zipped, dust-proof encasing. Dust-proof encasing have a layer of a material that holds the dust mites inside. Encasing are generally made of plastic or plastic-like materials. If there are more than one mattress in the bedroom all should be an encased. It is recommended that a cloth tape be placed over the encasing zipper.

Washing all bedding in hot (130° F) water a weekly .

Ignoring lying on upholstered furniture or carpets .

Remove carpeting from the bedroom. Instead, utilize area rugs that can be washed.

Utilizing wood, leather or vinyl furniture instead of upholstered furniture in the bedroom .

Vacuuming rugs and carpets constant. The individual with a dust mite allergy should not vacuum or be in a room while it is being vacuumed.

Keeping the indoor moisture low. The best humidity level is 30-40 percent. Utilize an air conditioner or dehumidifier in warm climates to decrease the humidity. Clean the dehumidifier daily.

Avoiding the utilize of humidifiers or vaporizers because they will improve humidity in the room and create a favorable environment for dust mites.

Applying an acaricide (a chemical solution that kills mites) daily to carpeting and upholstered.

Applying tannic acid solution to aid neutralize the allergen in mite droppings.

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