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Tips for Controlling Your Dust Mite Allergy
Dust mites can never completely be removed from our lives. They are a fact of life. We can however, reduce their numbers and limit our exposure to their allergens.
- Dust mites thrive in warm and humid environments, reduce humidity levels to 50% or below. Air conditioning and dehumidifiers work well to help accomplish this.
- Vacuum frequently with a powerful vacuum with a beater brush. Vacuums that are well sealed and equipped with a HEPA filter are best.
- Use as little carpeting throughout your home as possible. Bare surfaces are best and easiest to keep clean.
- Have as few dust catchers and stuffed animals around as possible, especially in bedroom. Wash stuffed animals in hot 130+ F water frequently.
- Damp mop dust prone surfaces and floors.
- Wash regular bedding ( sheets and pillow cases) in 130+F at least once per week. Dust mite encasements can be washed every 2-3 months.
- Allergists recommend encasing mattresses, pillows boxsprings and comforters with allergy barrier covers.
- Use a UV-C air purifier with a HEPA filter to keep the air clean and free of dust mites which may be airborne.