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Perennial allergic rhinitis is mostly caused by dust mite protein. 10% of the population suffer from allergy to dust mites and have symptoms such as sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, nasal stuffiness, runny nose, stuffy ears, respiratory problems, atopic dermatitis and asthma. Dust mites eat shed skin and other particles from humans as well as fungi, bacteria and animal dander. High humidity and temperatures stimulate their growth and reproduction. Humidity under 50% kills them. The size of the dust mite population is dependent on the humidity and temperature and quantity of fabric and upholstery in the home. It is independent of the presence of animals in the home. Vacuuming does not remove dust mites and the only way to control them is to reduce the temperature and humidity of the home by using air conditioners and humidifiers. Air conditioner filters should also be cleaned regularly. Bedding should be covered in dust proof covers and be washed every week in hot soapy water. Carpet should be avoided or cleaned with super hot steam which kills the mites. High filtration vacuums can help to remove mite allergens. Clothing should also be washed with hot water and dried completely. Some available chemical products that aim to kill dust mites contain chemicals that are more harmful than the dust mites.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by About
About: Dust mite allergy
Date: 4 January 2005
Author: Judy Tidwell
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