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Dust prevention, although sometimes difficult to attain, is one of the most effective ways to eliminate allergies around the house. Dust may contain molds, fibers, and dander from dogs, cats, and other animals, as well as tiny dust mites. Routine cleaning is often the best strategy for preventing dust.

An Overview of Dust Prevention

If you are dust-sensitive, especially if you have allergies or asthma, you can reduce some of your misery by creating a "dust-free" room. Dust may contain molds, fibers, and dander from dogs, cats, and other animals, as well as tiny dust mites. These mites, which live in bedding, upholstered furniture, and carpets, thrive in the summer and die in the winter. They will, however, continue to thrive in the winter if the house is warm and humid. The particles seen floating in a shaft of sunlight include dead mites and their waste products. The waste products actually provoke the allergic reaction.
The routine cleaning necessary to maintain a dust-free room can also help reduce exposure to cockroaches, another important cause of asthma in some allergic people.
You probably cannot control dust conditions under which you work or spend your daylight hours. To a large extent, however, you can eliminate dust from your room. To create a dust-free room, you must reduce the number of surfaces on which dust can collect.
In addition to getting medical care for your dust allergy or asthma, there are a number of steps for dust prevention. These dust prevention steps may involve:
  • Preparation
  • Maintenance
  • Carpeting and flooring
  • Beds and bedding
  • Furniture and furnishings
  • Air control
  • Children
  • Pets.
While a completely dust-free room may be unobtainable, these suggestions will significantly reduce the amount of dust.
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Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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