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What are some tips for using dust mite covers for mattresses and pillows to prevent allergies?

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You can find dust mite covers for mattresses, pillows, and box springs at mattress and allergy supply stores and in a variety of materials.

  • Plastic or vinyl covers with zippers help seal in allergens.
  • Plastic or vinyl covers are easier to keep clean.
  • Many plastic covers have an outer layer of material like nylon to make them more comfortable.
  • If possible, cover your mattress and pillows when they are new.
  • Put duct tape or electrical tape over cover zippers to double-block dust-mites.

SOURCES:

Aerias Air Quality Sciences IAQ Resource Center: "Dust Mites: The Unwanted Houseguest." 

Halken S, , January 2003. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture: "House Dust Mites."

Children's Hospital Boston: "Dust Mites."

Consumer Reports: "How to Clean a Mattress (and Why)."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Aerias Air Quality Sciences IAQ Resource Center: "Dust Mites: The Unwanted Houseguest." 

Halken S, , January 2003. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture: "House Dust Mites."

Children's Hospital Boston: "Dust Mites."

Consumer Reports: "How to Clean a Mattress (and Why)."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 15, 2018

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