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Ex­po­sure to dust mites can stir up chronic con­di­tions, in­clud­ing al­ler­gies and asthma. Use these tips to keep your ex­po­sure to dust mites at a min­i­mum: re­duce hu­mid­ity – Dust mites thrive in high hu­mid­ity. Keep your home hu­mid­ity level be­tween 30 and 50% us­ing a well-main­tained de­hu­mid­i­fier or cen­tral air con­di­tion­ing. Cover mat­tresses and pil­lows – Dust­proof or al­ler­gen-block­ing cov­ers are avail­able to en­close the parts of your bed that can’t eas­ily be washed. Wash bed­ding of­ten – Wash your sheets and blan­kets each week, prefer­ably in hot wa­ter. Cold or warm wa­ter, in com­bi­na­tion with de­ter­gent and bleach, also can kill dust mites. Vac­uum of­ten – Vac­uum car­pets and fab­ric-cov­ered fur­ni­ture weekly. Con­sider us­ing a vac­uum cleaner with a high-ef­fi­ciency par­tic­u­late air (GEPA) fil­ter, which may cap­ture larger air­borne par­ti­cles, such as dust. Don’t clear with dry tools – Use a damp mop or cloth in­stead of a broom or dry cloth to re­duce the amount of dust stirred up. re­place car­pets and cur­tains -- If you’re es­pe­cially sus­cep­ti­ble to dust mites, con­sider re­plac­ing the car­pet in your bed­room and main liv­ing ar­eas with hard sur­faces, such as wood or tile. If you need a win­dow cov­er­ing, con­sider blinds that can be dusted. be wary of air fil­ters – There’s lit­tle ev­i­dence that these im­prove allergy and asthma symp­toms. Your best bet is to fo­cus on the clean­ing tips above.

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