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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Removing Dust mites and resulting allergies

70-80% of asthma is linked to dust mite allergies.It is the fec es produced by dust mites and dead dust mites that causes the allergic reaction.Dust mites eat y our dead skin flakes or scales and other dead pests. They love humid environments
  • Most of your dead skin build-up occurs in your bed because that is the one place where you spend the most time. 
  • Wash bedding at a minimum of 55ºC/131ºF or higher. The high water temperature will kill the dust mites.
  • Dust mites cannot survive a steam cleaning.
  • If you prefer cold washes, dry in direct sunlight and wash bedding frequently
  • Reduce your child's stuffed toy population to just one or tw o in order to
  • Carpet is a big culprit in creating a perfect haven for dust mite populations
  • Direct sunlight kills dust mites. Make use of it and hang out bedding, clothing etc. to air and soak it up. In particular, air blankets and other heavy bedding objects and rugs as often as possible. And don't forget the curtains! Any soft furnishing item is a possible target for dust mite homes.
  • chemical used to kill them is well known, because it's a popular food addictive called "benzyl benozoate" (an aracacide). According to studies that have been conducted, benzyl benozoate doesn't cause any side-effects. You may have to order sprays or powders from speciality supply stores to get access to aracacides.
  • dust mites don't survive in a relative humidity below 50 percent; they don't like places where it's very dry.
  • You can place your pillows and some of your children 's stuffed toys in the freezer for about a day to kill dust mites. You must wash anything you froze to remove the residue which will still cause allergies.
  • Carpets and rugs are the worst things to have in the bedroom if you have a dust mite allergy.
  • Wash your sheets and bedding at least once a week. It’s important to keep your bedding clean because dust mite population grows rapidly

symptoms of dust mite allergy

About 10% of the population suffer from dust mite allergy. This particular allergy is the foremost cause of perennial allergic rhinitis, or rhinitis that persists year-round. Some of the annoying dust mite allergy symptoms are as follows: 



2. Itchy, watery eyes

3. Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)

4. Persistent stuffy nose or ears

5. Repeated sneezing upon awakening

6. Atopic dermatitis (eczema)

7. Improvement of symptoms when outside the house

8. Sneezing

9. Runny nose

The Unknown Micro World : Dust Mites

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