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House Dust is Nothing To Sneeze At

House Dust is Nothing to Sneeze At

 

For millions of Americans, the world is a sneezy, wheezy place, filled with normally harmless substances that their bodies recognize as enemies. Of all the enemies, there is one almost no one can escape: house dust.

House dust is the one of the most common allergens in today’s household. Between 40 million and 50 million Americans have some type of allergy. Symptoms of allergies include uncomfortable sneezing and wheezing, dry and itchy eyes,  stuffy and runny noses, skin reactions, and in some cases, respiratory troubles such as asthma.

Many people with allergies have asthmatic reactions to the allergens such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath from the narrowing of bronchial passages.

What makes house dust so menacing to allergy sufferers? Just one speck contains a host of things that invite an allergic reaction such as: dust mites, human skin particles, animal dander, parts of cockroaches, mold spores, food particles and other debris.

House Dust also contain dust mites.  These tiny critters are about 1/100th of an inch long (smaller than the period at the end of this sentence). Up to18,875 dust mites can live in 1 gram of dust. The usual population is about 100 to 500 mites per gram.

Why do these numbers matter? Because almost ten percent of the population and ninety percent of people with asthma allergies have positive skin tests for an allergy to dust mites.  In addition, almost half of young people with asthma are allergic to dust mites.

This means that something that seems like not that big of a deal, actually has a huge impact on indoor air quality and overall respiratory health for millions of Americans.

House dust, and the mites who live in it, can not be avoided. Dust mites are everywhere in our home , thriving in our pillows, mattresses,carpeting, upholstered furniture and even books. And unfortunately, dust mites love our Florida humidity, growing best when humidity is above the 4oth percentile.

If you have a concern about house dust and other common allergens that could be impacting your respiratory health, call A Superior AC at 850-258-3225 and let us help you with your Indoor Air Quality.

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