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Allergies, Asthma, and Dust

Things that make allergies or asthma worse are called triggers. Dust is a common trigger. When your asthma, or allergies, becomes worse due to dust you are said to have a dust allergy.

Choose the Right Home Furnishings

You can do many things to limit your, or your child's, exposure to dust and dust mites.

Replace blinds that have slats and cloth draperies with pull-down shades. They will not collect as much dust.

Dust particles collect in fabrics and carpets.

Since mattresses, box springs, and pillows are hard to avoid:

Other Tips

Keep indoor air dry. Dust mites thrive in moist air. Try to keep the moisture level (humidity) lower than 30 - 50%, if possible. A dehumidifier will help control humidity.

Central heating and air-conditioning systems may help control dust.

Wipe dust away with a damp cloth and vacuum once a week. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to help control the dust that vacuuming stirs up.

Keep stuffed toys off beds, and wash them weekly.

Keep closets clean and closet doors closed.