Good advice to control dust mite allergy
It is best to do everything possible to avoid house dust mites. For people who have perennial rhinitis, inflamed mucous membrane of the nose, or are allergic to house dust mites should try to adapt their homes as much as possible to keep it free from dust mites.
- Have as little upholstered furniture as possible in which dust mites can live.
- Clean walls, woodwork and floors with damp cloths to avoid dust collecting. The floor can be polished.
- Only use rug that can be washed and wash it once a week.
- Use cotton sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases that can be washed, and wash them often at 60 degrees Celsius. Don’t use wool blankets or quilts.
- Totally encase your duvet, all pillow cases and mattress with special barrier covers that have been tested to prevent the fine dust of the house dust mite excrement from escaping or allowing it to enter. Otherwise, use synthetic duvets or covers which can also be washed at 60 degrees Celsius.
- Put duvets and pillows in plastic bags and put them in the freezer for 24 hours at least once a month works as an alternative to proper barrier covers.
- Make sure the chairs are made of wood or plastic, no cotton paddings.
- If you can, use roller blinds and dust them daily.
- Use microfiber damp cloths and a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filter or allergen filter to clean the house thoroughly, preferably every day, but at least twice a week.
- Avoid dust traps like stuffed animals, cushions, dried flowers.
- Choose stuffed toys which can be washed regular at 60°C (in a pillow case) or can be put in the freezer for 8 hours every month.
- Wash bedding etc. at a temperature of at least 60°C to kill the house dust mites.
- Expose bedding, duvets, pillows and mattress to sunlight or natural daylight for at least an hour every day (hang duvet over chair or banisters), and let the bed air dry before make up the bed again.
- Dust mites hate dry and cold air, so try to air the house every day and don’t use air humidifier, which will only make it worse. If the lower edge of the window is moist when you wake up in the morning, there is too much humidity in the air.
- Do not spray any commercial air purifying products in house, because it may worsen your symptoms.
- Do not touch dusty objects like books and old clothes.
- When you are likely to be exposed to substances that give you an allergy reaction, for instance when you are dusting in your house, you should wear a mask.
- Keep household chemicals to a minimum.
- Don’t allow smoking in the house.