Controlling Asthma Triggers: Dust Mites in the Bedroom

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   Posted 4/19/2007 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Most people w/asthma are allergic to dust mite droppings.  Dust mites are tiny bugs that are too small to see, but they live in mattresses, pillows, and house dust.  They live off dead skin flakes, which we all shed.  Dust mite allergy can cause asthma flare-ups.  If you have this allergy, there are many steops you can take to control dust mites at home.
You spend many hrs in your bedroom every day.  Take these steps to control dust mites in your bed & bedroom:
Keep all clothing in a closet w/door shut.  Check humidity w/accurage gauge.  Choose wood, leather, or vinyl furniture instead of upholstered.  Wash bedding, washable pillows, & stuffed toys in hot water (130 degrees F) every week.  Use allergen-impermeable covers on pillows, mattresses, & boxsprings.  Install pull-down shades or vertical window blinds.  Use filters over heater vents.  Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier to reduce humidity.  Wipe smooth furniture w/damp cloth every week.  Replace carpeting w/tile or hardwood flooring if possible.  Use washable throw rungs.  If you cannot afford to replace carpet, vacuum (wearing mask) and use an allergen reducer spray.
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