Fast Five Quiz: Allergic Asthma Management

Zab Mosenifar, MD

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May 14, 2021

Decreasing room humidity to less than 50% can be helpful for reducing exposure to dust mites. Other strategies include washing bedding in hot water (130°F [54.4°C] is the most effective temperature), eliminating rugs from the bedroom, keeping upholstered furniture and window blinds to a minimum, and putting clothing away in closets and drawers. Occasionally placing soft toys in a freezer is another measure that can be taken to control exposure to dust mites.

Air filtration is not very effective for controlling exposure to dust mites due to the relatively large size of the mite fragments; they do not stay airborne very long after their source is disturbed.

Learn more about strategies for minimizing exposure to dust mites and other allergens.

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