What Can Be Done To Reduce The Risk Of Skin Allergies?

It is common for people to suffer from skin allergies caused by dust mites. Dust mites are one of the most common allergies and asthma triggers that lurk inside your own home. As these creatures are small, you cannot see them with the naked eye and can only remove them by deep cleaning. Dust mites don’t actually leave bites on your skin. However, they may cause skin allergies (itching, redness of the skin) and other allergy symptoms, such as sneezing and postnasal drip.
Sometimes dust mites can cause skin allergies, a flare-up of atopic dermatitis, or eczema.

The lifestyle and home remedies

For people with dust mite allergies, avoiding dust mite exposure is the best method. Even though you cannot completely eliminate dust mites from your home, you can significantly reduce their number. Here’s how:

Cover your bed with allergen-proof sheets

By using allergen-proof bed covers, you can reduce dust mites and reduce skin allergies caused by those bugs. Your mattress and pillows should be covered in dust-proof, allergen-blocking covers. The tightly woven fabric of these covers prevents dust mites from colonizing or escaping from the mattress or pillows. 

Regularly wash your bedding

Dust mites are microscopic and can't be seen by the naked eye.
In order to kill dust mites that cause skin allergies, wash all sheets, blankets, pillowcases, and bedcovers in hot water that is at least 54.4 degrees Celsius. If the bedding is not able to be washed hot, put it in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at a temperature above 54.4 Celsius degrees to kill the mites. After that, wash and dry the bedding to remove allergens. If you freeze non-washable items for 24 hours, you can also kill dust mites, but you won't get rid of the allergens.

Maintain low humidity

Keep the relative humidity in your home below 50%. You can reduce humidity with a dehumidifier or air conditioner, and you can measure it with a hygrometer (found at hardware stores). It can be quite difficult to maintain a low humidity level in a tropical country like Singapore, so a daily air purification schedule is another way to reduce dust mites in the air.

Vacuum regularly

Vacuuming carpeting and upholstered furniture remove surface dust — but a common vacuum cleaner isn’t effective at removing most dust mites and dust mite allergens. Especially in Singapore, we recommend using a water-based vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency particulate air filter. If you have severe skin allergies, stay away from the vacuumed area while someone else does it. You should wait about two hours before entering the vacuumed room.
Regularly vacuum your bed to prevent skin allergies

Bedding should be chosen carefully

Bedding that traps dust easily and is difficult to clean frequently (such as woven, thick blankets) should be avoided as that increases the risk of skin allergies.

Buy washable stuffed toys

Make sure to wash them frequently in hot water and to dry them thoroughly. Also, keep stuffed toys off the bed.

Remove dust

To remove dust, use a damp or oiled mop or rag rather than dry materials. This prevents dust from becoming airborne and settling again.
When a surface collects dust, it collects dust mites as well and may cause skin allergies. That's why you should put away knickknacks, tabletop ornaments, books, magazines, and newspapers from your bedroom.

Install a high-efficiency media filter in your furnace and air conditioner

The whole house air filter will be most effective if the filter has a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) of 11 or 12. Be sure to change the filter every three months.
If you suspect you might have dust mites in your home that are contributing to your allergies, visit Ocean Clean. Through our reliable expertise in the cleaning sector, we are well-positioned to improve your living experience while reducing the time and costs you spend on cleaning. We appreciate all our customers and treat them as family members. 
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