A dehumidifer may be helpful because house mites require high humidity to live and grow. Care should be taken to clean the unit frequently to prevent mold growth. However, while low humidity may reduce dust mite levels, it also may irritate the nose and lungs of some people. If the dust-sensitive person is a child, keep toys out of the bedroom that will accumulate dust. Avoid stuffed toys; use only washable toys of wood, rubber, metal, or plastic, and store them in a closed toy box or chest. Use a dacron mattress pad and pillow. Avoid fuzzy wool blankets or feather- or wool-stuffed comforters. To prepare the room for a dust-sensitive person, completely empty the room, just as if one were moving. Empty and clean all closets and, if possible, store contents elsewhere and seal closets. If this is not possible, keep clothing in zippered plastic bags and shoes in boxes off the floor. Give the woodwork and floors a thorough cleaning and scrubbing to remove all traces of dust. Wipe wood, tile, or linoleum floors with water, wax, or oil. If linoleum is used, cement it to the floor.
Although these steps may seem difficult at first, experience plus habit will make them easier. The results -- better breathing, fewer medications, and greater freedom from allergy and asthma attacks -- will be well worth the effort.
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SOURCE: National Institute of Allergies and Infections Diseases, National Institutes of Health