Topics in Allergy
Reducing Exposure to Housedust Mites:
Exposure to indoor allergens may add significantly to your allergic problems. Exposure to these allergens can both cause immediate symptoms and add to more subtle delayed and prolonged injury from inflammation. Reduction of exposure to these allergens is important and may reduce symptoms, reduce medication requirements, and prevent the development of future complications from your allergies. The major indoor allergens are dust mites, animals, and molds. Cockroach allergies are a problem in many areas but are minor in Oregon.
Dust Mite Allergens
Dust mites are microscopic insects that feed on human skin (after it has been shed). Dust mites like humid environments and do not like light. The highest number of dust mites is found in beds, bedding, and bedroom carpet.
Measures that have been shown to be effective for the bedroom include:
Measures that have been shown to be effective for the house include:
Changes that are difficult to do but are effective include:
Changes that have not been shown to be effective:
Dust mite proof bedding covers may be obtained locally from WalMart, Fred Meyers, etc. They are also available from many sources on the internet (allergycontrolproducts.com (has vacuum bags also), natlallergy.com (good cheap covers for boxsprings).
Dermatophagoides (dust mite)