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How to Control Dust Mites?

Dust mites are named the second most frequent trigger of allergy in people. Perhaps, this can be explained by the fact that these tiny creatures are everywhere. The largest number of them is in our houses, furthermore, in our beds; therefore, we inevitably come in contact with them.  

It is possible to lessen allergy symptoms in people, who are susceptible to dust mites. Maybe, the steps below look too difficult to take, but they can significantly help those allergic to dust mites.

  1. Use dust-proof or allergen-proof mattresses and pillows encasements. This will help lessen the most frequent form of contact with dust mites, since they mostly live in the bed linen, feeding on the shed cells of human skin.
  2. Wash bed covers, blankets, and pillow cases in hot water once a week. 130 degrees Fahrenheit and higher may better eliminate dust mites. If clothes and bed linen are not recommended to be washed in hot water, one can try to get rid of dust mites placing this stuff into the freezer overnight (putting everything into a bag before).
  3. Clean the floor and furniture as often as possible. Try to reach the most distant corners under the furniture not to leave any place for the dust mites to breed. It is stated that damp cloth may be enough, and though there exist different detergents, they are said to be of no more help then ordinary frequent washing with water.
  4. Remove carpets from the walls and floor, and curtains from the windows. In addition to the fact that carpets are also a beloved place for dust mites to live, carpet-free floor is easier to clean. Curtains on the windows may be substituted with plastic window shades or widow blinds.
  5. Keep as few things in the room or apartment as possible. Here belongdifferent knick-knackers, pictures, silk flower decorations, etc. Agree that health is worthy of depriving oneself from something.
  6. Minimize the number of the stuffed animals. It is also recommended to wash them in hot water once per week, similarly to beddings. Note: there are allergen-free toys in the stores, but their label usually means they are made of non-allergic material; at the same time, they still can be the place for dust mites to live in.
  7. Dehumidify the air. The tiny allergy-causing creatures enjoy warm and humid places most of all; thus, high humidity at home means a greater risk of dust mites multiplying. It is best to keep it under 50% and always ventilate the apartment.
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  9. Use HEPA filters. These devices help eliminate dust mites and clean the air of other allergy-causing agents. Electrostatic air cleaner is also possible to use.

Allergy is not an easy disorder to deal with; it requires a lot of things to be kept under control. Its sufferer may even occasionally be faced with the necessity to rearrange his life-style, to deprive himself of some things he likes, and to take control over many aspects of his living. Nonetheless, a number of tips described above allow to significantly, obviously, and safely reduce the severity of allergy symptoms, and thus improve the state of one’s health and make one’s apartment truly “home, sweet home”.


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