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Why does a new air mattress only cure my dust mite problems for a few days?

Why does a new air mattress only cure my dust mite problems for a few days?

They are everywhere: Dust mites are not just in your mattress. They are in your clothes, your carpet, your curtains, and all your upholstered furniture. Most allergists are able to help you figure out how to reduce (not eliminate) exposure to dust mites. ...Read more

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Mite (Definition)

Any of various small or minute arachnids of the order acarina that are often parasitic on animals and plants, infest stored food products, and in ...Read more


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I have a natural cotton and horsehair mattress. Is it dust mite and allergy free?

Not really: Do not be fooled by the terms "natural" and "organic". These do not always mean disease free, or harmless and many are not certified to begin with. Your mattress is a terrific hiding place for dust mites and for allergic issues. The best, non-allergenic mattresses are those that use synthetic fibers or sponge rubber that mites cannot live off. ...Read more

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With asthma, dust mite & food allergies, need I use 1) latex or organic wool/cotton mattress with or w/o allergen mattress cover & 2) organic bedding?

With asthma, dust mite & food allergies, need I use 1) latex or organic wool/cotton mattress with or w/o allergen mattress cover & 2) organic bedding?

Dust mite barrier: Covering your mattress with an impermeable dust mite barrier and washing sheets in hot water weekly as well as removing extra pillows and thick comforters are the most important steps to avoid dust mite allergy reactions. ...Read more

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If you use an unwashed bed pillow for 20yrs wouldn't dust mite issues and other "bugs" cause health problems?

Possible: The mites tend to thrive in the stuffing and less on the surface. No problem unless you are allergic to it. On the other, is this a theoretical exercise since I'd doubt that even a homeless person would allow the pillow unwashed for 20 years. ...Read more

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I have a high intensity dust mite allergy, could an air purifier help?

May be.: Mite allergen fairly heavy, so it is not easily raised from carpets, bedding and furniture in a room unless disturbed. Humidity should be kept under 50%, . In illinois, you should run a dehumidifier in your house whenever heating is not on. Also, you should remove carpeting, wash bedding in hot water and detergent and encase bedding. Check for water leaks. An air purifier may help. www.aaaai.org. ...Read more

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I use headphones that cover the ear completely and was wondering if they can get dust mite problems as I have a allergy to dust mitesthanks?

I use headphones that cover the ear completely and was wondering if they can get dust mite problems as I have a allergy to dust mitesthanks?

No: The ear canals are not the site dust mite favors. Their favorite dwelling place is your bed (mattress, pillow, box spring, and even comforter). I hope you have mite-proof encasings on the above items but don't expect miracles even if you have the covers on these items. ...Read more

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I have a high intensity dust mite allergy. What air purifier will help?

No: Dust mites are heavy and settle into beds, carpets, etc. Air purifiers do not filter out such allergens because they are not airborne. Air purifiers do help with pet danders. ...Read more

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Need a futon for my new apt. Tend to have allergies. If I get a used one, could I get a dust mite allergy?

Need a futon for my new apt. Tend to have allergies. If I get a used one, could I get a dust mite allergy?

Not really: If you're genetically predisposed to develop a dust mite allergy, you will be exposed to enough dust mite allergen that an allergy will develop. It may come on faster if you have huge, frequent exposures, but an old futon in and of itself won't cause the allergy. Beat the cushions (outdoors!) when you first get it, then get it steamcleaned to remove as much dust mite allergen as you can. ...Read more

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7yr old has had congestion for 3 weeks, no other symptoms. Could This Be Due To his dust mite allergy? Are there any homeopathic ways to cure it?

7yr old has had congestion for 3 weeks, no other symptoms. Could This Be Due To his dust mite allergy?  Are there any homeopathic ways to cure it?

Possibly but...: Yes, congestion could be related to allergies and dust mites are among the most common allergens, but it could be related to other allergies, food sensitivities or a low-grade infection. If this persists, blood tests or skin tests can be done to identify allergens. Minimizing exposures is important. Classical homeopathy has the potential to cure allergies with the help of a skilled homeopath. ...Read more

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