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    Old 01-15-2008, 11:22 AM   #1
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    questions about dust mites

    I'm just recuperating from a cold and doing some research on allergies and
    dust mites, etc. Are the dust mites that live in your house the same as the
    little mites that live and thrive on the dead skin cells found in bedding?
    I'm shopping for the mattress covers and pillow covers for the dust mites
    but wonder if these covers make you sweat?
    Also, I understand in order to kill these mites you have to wash linen in hot
    water. I do have a steamer and wonder if steaming my mattress will kill them
    even though some of the reports say they thrive in humidity, so I'm getting
    confused there. I live in a very dry climate and we tend to put humidifiers
    in our homes rather than DEhumidifiers. I'm wiping down the entire bedroom
    today now that I have the energy and hope to never have any type of
    attack on my sinuses again. I'm also considering new blankets, are there
    types that are better for allergies and maybe not so linty? Does this matter?
    I love my flannel sheets but wonder if they are bad for me. My quilts tend
    to have alot of lint also but if they are bad for me I can replace those too.
    I appreciate any input here.

     
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    Old 01-15-2008, 11:50 AM   #2
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    Re: questions about dust mites

    Hi Alice, I have a lot of experience with dealing with those little buggers! Those all sound like the same dust mites to me. They eat our sloughed off skin cells. I wouldn't steam the mattress. You can vacuum it though. Our dust mite covers do not make us sweat. Be sure to wash them periodically. I have forgotten the numbers but cold water wash kills fewer dust mites then hot water wash. I always wash sheets in warm water. Sometimes I use hot for blankets and sometimes I use warm. I have never discovered a difference but washing blankets periodically does help. We have always had good results with quilts.

     
    Old 01-15-2008, 05:01 PM   #3
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    Re: questions about dust mites

    thank you for your response, I'm going to the linen store this weekend to make my purchases, and I scrubbed down the entire bedroom today, put
    fresh bedding on the bed, and vacuam the mattress too. I hadn't had a
    cold in so long I forgot what it was like to be that type of sick.

     
    Old 01-15-2008, 05:43 PM   #4
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    Re: questions about dust mites

    Putting a plastic cover on your mattress could also reduce your dust mite exposure a lot--and it's cheaper than buying all new blankets and stuff.

     
    Old 01-16-2008, 10:49 AM   #5
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    Re: questions about dust mites

    Putting a plastic cover over the mattress long term I have heard can promote mold growth in the mattress because it blocks air.

     
    Old 01-16-2008, 09:01 PM   #6
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    Re: questions about dust mites

    I also have a ton of experience in this area.

    But... what i did and what the doc recommended because dust mites are my number 1 allergy is that i put those pillow and matress covers on my beds and they REALLY helped. ) and again, they really really help. ur right on where dust mites love to go: they absolutely love mattresses and love pillows... its like hawaii to them. ya know, sitting out on the sand waiting for you to sneeze or something lol. my doctor said to use Dehumidifiers... i don't know if its that the dust mites thrive in humidy or what but i was told for my allerges to use dehumidifiers.

    but bottom line... get some kind of sleeves to put all pillows and mattresses in and think about geting a wooden floor cause dustmites love themselves some carpet.

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