Dust mites are a common trigger for many people’s allergy and asthma symptoms. While they can be found throughout the house, these microscopic creatures thrive in warm, humid environments such as bedding, upholstered furniture and carpeting. Because so much time is spent in the bedroom, it is essential to reduce dust-mite levels there. What you can do:
- Encase mattresses, box springs and pillows in special allergen- proof fabric covers or airtight, zippered plastic covers.
Wash bedding weekly in hot water (130° F) and dry it in a hot dryer.
Purchase allergen-proof covers for comforters and pillows that can’t be regularly washed.
Keep humidity low by using a dehumidifier or air conditioning.
Remove wall-to- wall carpeting wherever possible. Instead, throw rugs may be used if they are regularly washed or dry cleaned.
Source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology