Controlling Asthma Triggers: Dust Mites in the Home

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   Posted 4/19/2007 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Upholstered furniture & some window coverings hold dust mites.  Try these ideas instead:
Choose nonfabric upholsery, like leather or vinyl.  Replace horizontal blinds w/pull-down shades or vertical blinds.  Hang washable curtains instead of heavy draps (no drapes is best).
Ask your MD about special products to control dust mites.  Here are some other tips:
Ask others to vacuum carpets & upholstery weekly.  If you can, leave home during the vacuuming.  If you must vaccuum, wear a special mask.  Use HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters or double-ply bags in your vacuum cleaner.  Wipe smooth furniture w/damp cloth once a week. 
Dust mites need humid (damp) air to live.  Try these tips:
Don't use humidifiers (unless your secretions are thick & your body needs extra moisture for a short time -- a dehumidifier will make thick secretions even thicker), vaporizers, or evaporative (swamp) coolers.  Try a dehumidfier to reduce air moisture by 50%. 
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