Boulder City Magazine® June 2007 Issue
by Scott Sauer
Advanced Structural Inspections
Dust mites are number three on the list of asthma triggers. They are tiny insects that are invisible to the naked eye and every home has them. Dust Mites feed on human skin flakes and are found in mattresses, pillows, carpets, upholstered furniture, bedcovers, clothes, stuffed toys and fabric-covered items.
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The body parts and feces from dust mites can trigger asthma in individuals with allergic reactions to them and exposure to dust mites can cause asthma in children who have not previously exhibited asthma symptoms.
Humans continually shed skin and lose about 1/5 of an ounce of dead skin each week. We also spend about one-third of our lives sleeping, so high levels of dust mites are often associated with the bedroom, especially bedding and the mattress. Dust mites also eat animal dander, so allergens will be plentiful in areas where family pets sleep.
Things you can do to help limit your exposure are as follows. Cover mattresses and pillows with dust-proof zipper covers. Wash your bedding at least once per week in hot water. Choose washable stuffed toys, wash them often in hot water and dry them thoroughly. Keep stuffed toys off beds where mites are plentiful. Maintain low indoor humidity levels, ideally between 30-50% relative humidity. Remove dust often with a damp cloth and not just dry dusting.
Vacuuming is the most important tool for managing household dust and dust mites. Regular, thorough vacuuming will help keep populations low. There are vacuums with HEPA filters designed for use by people with allergies too. It is better to vacuum thoroughly once a week rather than lightly on a daily basis. You should also vacuum mattresses and padded furniture thoroughly for least 20 minutes on a regular basis.
If members of your family have asthma or allergies, there are things you can do to help improve their environment. Continue to follow these recommendations and you can significantly decrease allergen exposure to those you care about. It does take time and effort, but if it eliminates trips to the emergency room or sick days from work or school then it’s well worth it.
For more information, contact Scott at www.scottsauer.com.
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