FACTS: Although many people credit pollen and animal dander with triggering allergies, dust mites are the primary cause of year-round allergies and asthma. Nearly 10% of the population is affected!
Dust mites feed on flakes of human skin; and the proximate cause of allergic reactions is a protein found in their droppings. (Each mite produces several thousand over the course of its 4-5 month life – and millions of mites inhabit the average house!)
Eliminating dust mites in your house is no small challenge. However, washing sheets and clothes regularly in hot water can kill large numbers. Dehumidifiers can also help control dust mite colonies, though to achieve devastating effect humidity below 40% must be maintained for an extended period of time – a difficult undertaking except for those who already live in dry regions. Because dust mites are particularly prevalent in pillows and beds, anti-allergenic covers can often provide significant relief. Finally, regular vacuuming is absolutely imperative; once dust mites burrow deep into rugs or sofas, they all but own the territory.
All of which makes these dust bunnies nothing to sneeze at!
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