Allergic rhinitis - dust
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:
Keep indoor air dry. Dust mites thrive in moist air. Try to keep the moisture level (humidity) lower than 30 to 50%, if possible. A dehumidifier will help control humidity.
Central heating and air-conditioning systems may help control dust.
Keep stuffed toys off beds, and wash them weekly.
Keep closets clean and closet doors closed.
Platts-Mills TAE. Indoor allergens. In: Adkinson NF Jr., Bochner BS, Burks AW, et al., eds. In: Middleton's Allergy Principles and Practice. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2013:chap 28.
Reisacher WR. Allergy treatment: environmental control strategies. Otolaryngol Clin N Am. 2011;44:711-725.
Updated by: Stuart I. Henochowicz, MD, FACP, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology, Georgetown University Medical School. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. Copyright 1997-2014, A.D.A.M., Inc. Duplication for commercial use must be authorized in writing by ADAM Health Solutions.