What Are Strategies to Deal With Mite Allergies ?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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What home strategies can help mite allergies?

Doctor's response

Home measures that have been proven to be useful in improving mite-related allergic conditions (such as asthma and eczema) include strategies that are designed to avoid exposure to the mites. Mattress encasement in semi-permeable plastic, such as those made from high-density polyethylene fibers of Tyvek, and carpet removal have been proven to be helpful.

There is no additional benefit in shampooing carpets with anti-mite shampoo according to the Melbourne House Dust Mite Study.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018