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Living with Dust Allergies


Dust is mainly made up of dead human skin cells, but can also contain other allergens, such as pollen, pet dander, food crumbs, dust mites, etc. Dust mites are one of the most common causes of allergy and asthma symptoms. These microscopic life forms thrive off of human skin cells, heat, and moisture, particularly in mattresses, blankets, and pillows. Inflamed allergy symptoms could be due to excessive levels of dust or dust mites present in your home and car. Simple steps can be taken to reduce dust and dust mite allergens, thus reducing allergy symptoms.

Below is a complete list of recommended environmental controls for taking steps toward an allergen-free home. I recommend that people with allergies or asthma use allergy encasings that will keep out dust mites for their mattress, box spring, pillow, and comforter. Running a HEPA air purifier can filter dust allergens floating through the air that otherwise might remain airborne to be inhaled. Since dust mites need moist conditions to survive, controlling the humidity can also help reduce the dust mite population.

Link to Environmental Allergen Control page

Recommended Environmental Controls:

  • Mattress, Box Spring, Pillow & Comforter Encasings
  • Washing the sheets, blankets, mattress pads, etc.
  • Vent filters
  • HEPA air purifiers & vacuum cleaners