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What should I do if I am allergic to dust mites?

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends the following tips to help reduce the number of dust mites in your home:

  • Cover mattresses and pillows in zippered dust-proof covers.
  • Wash sheets and blankets weekly in hot water (at least 130 degrees F).
  • Remove wall-to-wall carpeting from your bedroom as well as blinds, curtains, blankets, upholstered furniture, and down-filled covers and pillows.
  • Keep pets out of the bedroom.
  • Wear a filter mask when cleaning in the bedroom.
  • Vacuuming and dusting can stir up dust, so try to stay out of the bedroom after cleaning. Also, use a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate accumulator (HEPA) filter or a double-layered bag.
  • Use a dehumidifier to reduce the humidity in your home to less than 50 percent as dust mites thrive in humid environments.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.