Controlling Allergens: Dust Mites in the Bedroom

Many people with asthma are allergic to dust mites. Dust mites are tiny bugs that live in warm, damp places. They are too small to see, but they live in mattresses, pillows, and house dust. Dust mite allergy can cause asthma flare-ups. If you have this allergy, there are many steps you can take to control dust mites at home.

Take these steps to control dust mites in your bed and bedroom:

  1. Keep all clothing in a closet, with the door shut.

  2. Make sure the room is not too humid (below 50 percent humidity).

  3. Choose wood, leather, orl furniture instead of upholstery or fabric for furniture.

  4. Wash all bedding, pillows, and stuffed toys in hot water (130°F) every week. Remove those items that can't be washed.

  5. Use special allergy-protecting covers on pillows, mattresses, and boxsprings.

  6. If you can, replace carpeting with tile or hardwood flooring. Use washable throw rugs (or do not use).

  7. Dust furniture with a damp cloth at least once every week.

  8. Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier to reduce humidity.

  9. Use pull-down shades or vertical window blinds that can be easily cleaned, instead of curtains or drapes.

  10. Use filters over heater vents.