Dust Mite Allergen: Resolving the Dust Mite Dilemma
mites are far too small to see with the unaided eye, but for many of
us, you can definitely feel his presence. Dust mites are the single most
common allergen that people inhale in their homes. They undermine the
health of the allergic, triggering runny noses, headaches, and most alarmingly
asthma attacks. Unfortunately, they are so small that they are found
in the dust which is everywhere inside your home. The dust mite is not
responsible for all allergies - other pollutants such as pollens, pet
dander, mold and tobacco residue, to name a few, can also cause reactions.
But in terms of a single allergen, the dust mite is probably the most
dust mites can live in one ounce of dust. 40 pounds of dust generated
per year, per 1,500 square feet of space, can host up to 15 species
of dust mites.
microscopic insect-like creature lives primarily in pillows, mattresses,
carpets, and upholstered furniture.
dust mite thrives in humid warm conditions.
diet consists of shed scales from human skin.
matter produced by the dust mite is the allergen to which people react.
mite produces about 20 waste particles per day.
particles continually aggravate allergies even after the mite is dead.
can lay 25-50 eggs.
new generation is produced every three weeks.
dust mite allergen cannot survive in a room with an oxidation technology
The key to Relieving Allergy Symptoms Is to
REMOVE Dust Mites from Your Environment.
how do we remove these dust mites and other allergens from the air?
the mattress and boxsprings in a zippered dust-proof encasing. Dust-proof
encasings have a layer of material that keeps the dust mites inside
the encasing. Encasings are usually made of vinyl or other plastics.
all bedding in hot (130 degrees F) water, weekly.
the pillows in zippered dust proof encasings and/or wash the pillows
weekly with the bedding.
lying on upholstered furniture or carpet.
the carpets every six months using a hot water (above 130) extraction
method. (A clean carpet is healthier than no carpet for allergy sufferers.
The carpet acts as a filter to trap the allergens. When the filter
is full in six months it needs cleaned. Go to www.iicrc.org to find a certified carpet
cleaner near you.
wood, leather or vinyl furniture instead of upholstered furniture in
person with a dust mite allergy should not vacuum or be in a room while
it is being vacuumed.
the indoor moisture low. The ideal humidity level is 30-40%. Use an
air conditioner or dehumidifier in warm climates to decrease the humidity.
Clean the dehumidifier regularly.
are not recommended because they will increase humidity in the room
and create a favorable environment for dust mites.
that kill dust mites can be applied regularly to carpeting and upholstered
furniture. A tannic acid solution can help neutralize the allergen
in mite droppings.
vacuums or a vacuum with allergen trapping bags help but often stir
up more allergens into the air.
furnace filter and clean air ducts.
but not least - before it is a problem . . . Clean the air with an
Oxidation based UV Air Purifier
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