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Although the thought of sleeping with millions
of dust mites---microscopic arachnids that feast on
flakes of skin---is just plain gross, it s something
most people can handle without worry. After all,
our bodies are inhabited by multitudes of bacteria
to which we seldom give a thought.
For the many people who suffer from allergies,
though, the allergens in dust-mite faeces and body
parts can lead to chronic sinus problems and coughing,
among other symptoms. If gone untreated, the problem
can escalate to eczema and asthma, particularly in
children, according to James Sublett, president-elect
of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and
"The sooner you intervene, the less likely the prob-
lems are to escalate," he said.
Luckily, homes can be made more liveable for aller-
gy-sufferers---and less amenable to dust mites---in
just a few steps. About a quarter of Americans suffer
from some sort of allergy and of those one-half to
two-thirds are sensitive to dust-mite allergens, accord-
ing to Sublett, making it one of the most common
causes of allergies.
"Around the world, dust mites are the most common
indoor allergen," said Robert Wood, director of the
paediatric allergy and immunology division of Johns
If dust-mite allergies are suspected, the first step
is to get tested by an allergist.
While periodically replacing all your bedding might
seem to make sense, experts say it s unnecessary for
those without allergies and insufficient for allergy suf-
ferers. Instead, these tips from allergists can help make
any home friendlier to those with indoor allergies:
Check the units. Allergists suggest that to minimise
indoor allergens, air-conditioning units be cleaned
and serviced every six months.
Keep it dry. "One of the biggest and most common
mistakes people make is to install vaporisers and
humidifiers," Sublett said. "Moisture can and does
cause all kinds of problems." Dust mites can t survive
in less than 50 per cent humidity, so buy a humidity
metre and, if needed, a dehumidifier to keep humidity
to between 35 per cent and 50 per cent. "Just three
hours above that level of humidity, though, is enough
to keep the dust mites alive," he said.
Rip out the rugs and ditch the drapes. Carpet and
heavy drapes are a reservoir for allergens like dust
mites and should be removed, particularly in bedrooms.
If removing them isn t an option, the American College
of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends
frequent vacuuming using a HEPA (high-efficiency
particulate air) filter. Those with allergies should stay
away or wear an N95 particulate mask during and
immediately after vacuuming, since particles can
remain airborne for up to two hours.
Just encase. All mattresses, box springs, pillows and
comforters should be encased in well-sealed, tightly
woven, microfibre "mite-proof" covers from a reputable
company, such as Mission: Allergy or National Allergy
Supply, and linens and stuffed animals should be
washed weekly, allergists say. "The temperatures and
detergents used are much less important than the reg-
ularity of washing," Sublett said.
Clear and clean the air. To help keep indoor allergens
of any kind at bay, homes should be smoke-free and
pets should be kept out of the bedroom. For the very
allergy-prone, use a HEPA air filter in the bedroom
with a CADR (clean air delivery rate) adequate for the
size of the room. Install MERV 11 or 12 disposable,
high-efficiency filters in the air-conditioning
system that can be changed every few months,
according to Sublett. But these steps are less
important for those suffering solely from dust-
mite allergies, since dust mites burrow deep in
bedding and dust-mite particles are generally not
airborne, according to Wood.
Opt for smooth. Smooth surfaces that can be
wiped clean are generally better for allergy-sufferers
than more porous upholstered surfaces on couches,
chairs and even car seats, Sublett said. (AP)
Making indoors safer
for allergy sufferers
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