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How can you keep the air clean and dry to prevent dust allergies?

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Tips to keep air clean and dry:

  • Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier to lower humidity.
  • Put a HEPA filter with a MERV rating of 11 or 12 in your heating and air-conditioning unit. You can find the rating listed on the packaging. Change the filter every three months.
  • Keep humidity in your home below 55%. Use a hygrometer to measure it. You can get one at hardware and building supply stores.

From: Dust Allergies WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology: "House Dust Allergy," "Indoor Allergy Survival Tips."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "What Is Dust Mite Allergy?"

Familydoctor.org: "Allergies: Things You Can Do to Control Your Symptoms."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID): "How to Create a Dust-Free Bedroom."

News release, Sanofi-aventis U.S.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology: "House Dust Allergy," "Indoor Allergy Survival Tips."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "What Is Dust Mite Allergy?"

Familydoctor.org: "Allergies: Things You Can Do to Control Your Symptoms."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID): "How to Create a Dust-Free Bedroom."

News release, Sanofi-aventis U.S.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2019

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