Reducing house dust mites – a personal story

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Kathryn makes a huge effort to get rid of house dust mites in her home.

 

Name: Kathryn
Age: 28
Occupation: Shop assistant

I have had to make a lot of changes to my home because of my house dust mite allergy. I don’t have any carpets in my bedroom and I vacuum my floors regularly with a high filtration vacuum cleaner. Each week I damp-wipe all surfaces such as window sills, tops of cupboards and so on. I virtually have no plants in my home and I don’t have many decorative items as these seem to catch dust. I have bedding with artificial fibres instead of feathers and I use dust mite proof barriers for my mattress, duvet and pillows. Every week I wash my normal bedding at 60°C. Dust mites hate dry and cold air so I try the air the house every day.

I have never been obsessive about cleaning but it forced me to become so. I do find that my efforts help improve my symptoms a little bit. Still, I sometimes feel that my house isn’t clean enough because I’m the only one in my group of friends that suffers from house dust mite allergy. No matter how many precautions I take and how much I clean my house, I know that I can’t rid my house entirely of house dust mites. It’s not because your home is dirty; dust is always there, even if you do the cleaning properly and regularly.

(Kathryn is not a real person. The story is based on patient cases and study findings. It is for illustrative purposes only)

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