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What are some tips for around the house to prevent dust allergies?

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Tips for around the house:

  • Clean bare floors often with a damp mop or cloth.
  • Vacuum carpets once or twice a week. Use a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. If your dust allergy is severe, ask your doctor if replacing wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood or vinyl floors would help.
  • Wash throw rugs in hot water.
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture such as sofas. Wood, leather, plaster, or metal furniture is better for dust allergies.
  • Replace drapes with roll-up window shades. If you must have curtains, wash them in hot water each season.
  • Get rid of stuffed animals, soft toys, and other dust collectors.

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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