Warning! House dust mites!
Many people having asthma may be sensitive to the house dust mites, or, precisely, to their droppings. Dust mites are little creatures living in the dust gathering around the home – in carpets, linen, soft toys and furnishings.
If you discovered that you are allergic to house dust mites and they may aggravate your asthma, don’t be afraid. You are able to decrease the symptoms by simply following the tips below. But if your symptoms won’t improve after implementing all these measures, there’s no sense to continue them.
1. Vacuum your house regularly. Your vacuum cleaner should have a good suction as well as filtered exhaust so that it wouldn’t scatter dust. Do damp dusting on all the surfaces or put an attachment onto your cleaner.
2. Put a complete barrier covers on your pillow, mattress and duvet.
3. Take all soft toys away from the bed. Keep them in a plastic bag in the freezer for at least 6 hours every 1-2 weeks in order to kill mites.
4. Replace all the carpets with hard flooring.
5. If you are allergic, ask someone who isn’t to vacuum and stay out of the room during the process.
6. Wash pillowcases, sheets and duvet covers in hot water (over 60oC) every week. Despite there are some people allergic to feather pillows, there’s no evidence that so called ‘hypo-allergenic’ synthetic ones make any better.
7. Dry the air with dehumidifiers to make the survival for the dust mites more difficult.
8. The soft furnishings should be cleaned using anti-dust mite chemicals.