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What are some ways to minimize dust mites to prevent allergies?

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  • Use dust mite covers for mattresses and pillows.
  • Use a bed with a wooden or metal frame.
  • Wash bedding in hot water.
  • Wash sheets and pillowcases at least once a week. Wash comforters and bedspreads every one to two months.
  • Consider using an electric blanket, which can reduce humidity on bed surfaces.
  • Wash and dry stuffed animals often and keep them off beds.
  • Clean mattresses in late winter and early spring.

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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