Dust Mites Elude High-End Vacuums
Researchers Say Even With HEPA Filter, Vacuums Don't Abolish Home Allergens
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If you or a member of your family suffers allergy or asthma, don't run out
and buy a vacuum. Get tested and treated, Bassett advises. The key, he says, is
to develop an individualized allergy-reduction program. This may include
immunotherapy, what patients often call "allergy shots."
"Treatment with allergy or asthma medications and immunotherapy is very
successful for dust mite allergies," Bassett tells WebMD. "Four out of
five patients find good success with immunotherapy. This would let you use any
vacuum you want."
About 10% of home allergies can be traced to pets. The worst offenders,
Bassett says, are cats -- particularly those with dark color and male sex.
If you've got a child with asthma and have a black cat named Dude, it's
probably a good idea to find another home for the Dudester. Since people rarely
part with their pets, Bassett says, the next best thing is a broad
"We need to look at a combination of measures, not just the vacuums or
HEPA filters," Bassett says. "Just because this study found no benefit,
it doesn't mean that as a part of a comprehensive allergy and allergen
prevention and treatment program, a HEPA-equipped vacuum would not have some
benefit. Because along with this would go other environmental