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How do I get rid of dust mites in my bedroom?

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Dust mites are microscopic bugs that can trigger allergies and asthma. They can often be found living in your bedding.

You can take some steps to get rid of them:

  • Put dust-mite-proof covers on pillows, comforters, mattresses, and box springs.
  • Wash your blankets, sheets, and pillowcases every week in water that is at least 130 F. Dry everything in a hot dryer.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI.org): "Tips to Remember: Indoor Allergens."

CDC: "Facts About Mold and Dampness."

MedlinePlus: "Indoor Allergies Common in Winter."

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research: "Allergy-Proof Your House."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 22, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI.org): "Tips to Remember: Indoor Allergens."

CDC: "Facts About Mold and Dampness."

MedlinePlus: "Indoor Allergies Common in Winter."

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research: "Allergy-Proof Your House."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 22, 2019

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