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Do dust mites and their released allergens reside in clothing?

11 doctors weighed in
David Miller
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: They can

Dust mites can live in clothing, although most people wash their clothes often enough for this to not be a problem. The biggest area they live is in bedding.
If you're allergic to dust mites, you can get a special cover for your mattress. You should also wash your bedding regularly to keep them under control.

In brief: They can

Dust mites can live in clothing, although most people wash their clothes often enough for this to not be a problem. The biggest area they live is in bedding.
If you're allergic to dust mites, you can get a special cover for your mattress. You should also wash your bedding regularly to keep them under control.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

At least not in freshly cleaned clothing.

In brief: No

At least not in freshly cleaned clothing.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Rarely

Dust mites are tiny critters that are related to ticks and spiders.
They generally are found in you bedding (pilows, mattress and boxspring) as well as carpeting and upholstered furniture. If you leave clothing on the floor for weeks on end and do not clean up - it could be possible to find dust mites there.

In brief: Rarely

Dust mites are tiny critters that are related to ticks and spiders.
They generally are found in you bedding (pilows, mattress and boxspring) as well as carpeting and upholstered furniture. If you leave clothing on the floor for weeks on end and do not clean up - it could be possible to find dust mites there.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Dr. Andrew Murphy
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