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What are some ways to prevent reactions if I have dust mite allergies?

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If you have dust mite allergies:

  • Wash bedding in hot water once a week.
  • Don't allow smoking.
  • Vacuum twice a week. Wear a mask and gloves.
  • Choose hardwood floors over carpeting.
  • Dust surfaces with a damp cloth often.
  • Control clutter.
  • Like stuffed animals? Use washable ones.
  • Cover air ducts with filters or cheesecloth. Change these when soiled.
  • Pillows and bedding should not contain feathers.
  • Keep indoor humidity low (25%-50%).
  • Regularly change heater and air conditioner filters.

SOURCES:  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: "Asthma and Allergy Prevention: Survive the Seasons." CDC: "Asthma and Allergies." WHO/WAO Meeting on the Prevention of Allergy and Allergic Asthma: "Prevention of Allergy and Allergic Asthma."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 27, 2018

SOURCES:  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: "Asthma and Allergy Prevention: Survive the Seasons." CDC: "Asthma and Allergies." WHO/WAO Meeting on the Prevention of Allergy and Allergic Asthma: "Prevention of Allergy and Allergic Asthma."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 27, 2018

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