Controlling dust mites in your house
The tips presented below will help you reduce dust and clutter in your house thus significantly improving symptoms of asthma and dust allergy. However, they are for informational purposes only and shouldn’t be considered medical advice.
Dust is hard to avoid. According to the article “Indoor Air Quality and Allergies” published online by Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, around 80 percent of American citizens are exposed to house dust mites in their own homes. People, allergic to dust, can suffer from perennial (all year round) allergy symptoms like coughing, nasal congestion, runny nose, watery and itchy eyes, sneezing any many others, which can even result in such infections as sinusitis. In order to manage the symptoms and probably avoid the widespread symptoms for the allergy and their complications, it is recommended to reduce the amount of dust in your house.
Clean the air
As the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America state in its online article “Air Filters,” it may be a good way to manage symptoms in people having dust allergies or asthma to clean the indoor air. The first action is managing the source of dust, like cleaning the house and removing all unnecessary clutter. However, many people may find it difficult to do, so here are some cleaning tips that would probably make it easier for you to get rid of the clutter and breathe easier.
Manage house dust mites in the bedroom
The highest percentage of the mites is usually registered in the bedroom, and especially in the bedding. Since people normally spend 1/3 of their life in the bed, they may significantly benefit from managing dust mite population in the bedroom.
The first thing that would help reduce the amount of dust mites in your bed is a specially designed zippered encasing. They can be found in speciality shops, available for the pillows, mattresses and box springs.
All the bedding, including pillows, and also soft toys are recommended to be washed every week in a hot water of at least 130oF to kill the house dust mites. You can also use a spray which can’t be washed, specifically designed to decrease allergens on soft surfaces. You will benefit from keeping your pets far from the bedroom, because pet fur and dander can worsen allergy symptoms.
Carpeting trap hundreds times larger amounts of house dust mites than bare floors, so it might be a good idea to remove the carpets in order to ease dust allergy symptoms. Some finishing products, waxes and varnishes for floors may be the cause of worsening allergy symptoms as well, so be careful when choosing them. Give preference to those having low volatile organic compound (VOC) potential. Consider placing low-pile carpeting or non-slippery rugs if bare floors are unacceptable.
If you still have carpets, they should be vacuumed at least 1-2 times a week. Wash the rugs often enough. Remember that some vacuum cleaners may release much dust, containing dust mites, up into the air. Look for products labeled “Asthma and allergy friendly”, which include some vacuums – they all have been tested and approved for those having asthma and allergies.
Reduce clutter and dust mites
In order to minimize dust, you should reduce clutter in your house, but most people suffering from dust allergies tend to have such sentimental things around as photographs, which they can’t be parted with. The solution may be high tech devices – a digital photo frame, for example, or online photo collection will help get rid of many individual photos.
Another device that can help eliminate great amounts of recipes, papers and manuals is a laptop. Instead of books piling on the bookshelves there might be viewed online ones as an alternative. If the small items can’t be removed for any reason, they may be kept in storage bins with tight lids.
Regularly damp dust the surfaces in your house. Those soft surfaces that can’t be washed may be treated with allergen-reducing sprays. Very helpful will be if someone else cleans your house while you are staying away from it. If you have dust mite allergies, wear a mask during the process of cleaning and leave the house after finishing it for a few hours.
Another source of numerous dust mites is window covering. Consider having vertical blinds or shades as they trap less dust than curtains and horizontal blinds. Anyway, clean window coverings thoroughly and regularly according to the manufacturer’s directions. The best choice is tinted windows, because they offer filtered light and don’t need any shades or blinds, thus resulting in absence of added dust.
Air filters may be a good help for people having dust allergies. A HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter is named to be the most effective kind of air cleaner in the abovementioned article on air filters. The best solution is to install HEPA-certified central filtration units around your entire house, if possible. If not, you can use portable filters, which are able to reduce dust in a smaller area of your home. When choosing it, look for those that are considered a Class II Medical Device by the FDA.
Nevertheless, no air filter in the world is able to completely remove the smoke particles from the air. Respectively, the people are not recommended to smoke at all or at least inside the house if there lives someone suffering from allergies.
Dust can trigger allergy symptoms in lots of people. However, managing house dust mites in their home environment can be very useful for many of them. In order to reduce the majority of symptoms caused by dust mites, you should focus on the dust control in your bedroom, reduce clutter, clean frequently and consider air filtration. As people suffering from dust allergies are most likely allergic to other stuff like seasonal allergens, mold, cockroaches or foods, extra preventive measures will be helpful to manage symptoms as well.