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Air Purifiers and the Battle With Dust and Dust Mites

Posted by admin on March 21, 2011 in Air Purification with No Comments

Have you been told that you’re allergic to dust or that you’re allergic to dust mites, or maybe both? Maybe you have been wondering if there might be different kinds of dust particles which may cause an allergic reaction but others that do not. These are valid concerns. The fact is that different sizes of dust particles have variant levels of irritation. The source of the dust, composition of the dust and where you live geographically, contribute to how the dust may affect you.

The type of dust that comes from the atmosphere tends to be heavy and settle quickly. This kind of dust may not cause you discomfort because it is easier for the cilia (tiny hairs) in your nose and sinuses to catch this type of dust before it has a chance to get into the lungs. This is not true for the all too common “dust bunnies” found in your house and office. Dust bunnies are most complex. They usually are a disgusting combination of pollen, mold spores, bacteria, dust mites, dust mite fecal matter, pet dander, different fibers, hair, and shed skin cells. If you live in the city, you can probably add to the dust in your home particles of smoke and soot.

Doctors specializing in respiratory problems such as asthma and allergies very often specify that “dust mites” are contributing significantly to allergy symptoms. What are dust mites? They are microscopic, nest-building mites, creatures that live in damp, dark places like people’s beds and furniture. What do they live on? Your discarded skin cells. Actually, it is not the mites that are bothering you, it is the enzymes in their fecal matter that is the problem and they may be small but they make a lot of fecal matter. Each mite produces fecal matter about 20 times per day. So every time you walk, sleep, sit down, and move around on your carpets, mattresses, pillows, and cushions, the fecal matter is going to become airborne.
What can you do? Use a room air purifier to help control dust and dust mites. When you control them, you help control your allergic reactions to them.

In summary, there are always going to be innumerable types of dust and dust mites floating around, so an air purification system should be at the top of your list in controlling allergy and asthma symptoms.

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