Allergy: To ‘Fight’ against mites at home; tips are available to conduct the hunt

When temperatures drop, aerate the interior and less allergy symptoms started again!Some tips are available to conduct the hunt for mites at home.

“The mites die at 56 ° C, so they do not stand up to washing at 60 ° C,” says Dr. Vervloet, coauthor of all allergies? To end a disease of civilization (New public debate). But if you can wash at low temperatures, “the mechanical action of washing machine allows it to only remove 95% of dust mites,”says Martine Ott, Medical Advisor indoor environment.

The key is to spend the maximum textiles, quilts, blankets, curtains, plush … regularly – ideally at each change of season and for sheets, at least fortnightly. But we renounce the dry cleaning because the process releases irritating chemical pollutants.

REFRIGERATE TEXTILES THAT DO NOT PASS THE MACHINE

Favourite small plush machine does not pass? But it is a nest of mites … It is therefore up a few hours in the freezer to eliminate – these little creatures do not survive below 0 ° C. But this is not enough, we must then “suck” the plush well eliminate dust mites and their droppings. Acaricide sprays are unnecessary. They act only surface and contain irritating chemicals.

PROVIDE COVERS “MITE” FOR BEDDING

After two years of use, one-third the weight of a pillow is composed of dust mites, their droppings, our dead skin and microbes (study by the St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London)! Bedding provides them with a hot and humid ideal medium. To protect bedding, “it is best to invest in zippered covers for the mattress and pillow,”advises Dr. Vervloet.

These covers prevent our dander mites feed nestled in bedding and limit contact with their droppings, causes of allergy: Immunoctem, Acar-Covers, Dom’Hous, Protec’Som, Dyn’R … the 80-100 € mattress cover. Wash once or twice a year.Forget the mattress “mite” chemically treated “You do not know the duration of effectiveness of acaricide product,” says the doctor.

AERATE EVERY DAY 2 TIME 15 MINUTES

The mite is three times higher in country houses in the principal residence (Danish study of 2005). Less airy, not heated in winter, they are moister, all beloved of mites! To keep enough dry air at home, aerate twice daily 15 minutes and check that nothing is blocking the air exchange with the outside. A good reflex opens the windows after passing the mop or put clothes to dry.

“Turn on a little heating 18-19 ° C from the first cold air prevents a too wet sets in,” says Dr. Vervloet. Remember dehumidifier water tank, “the moisture from one room to another, it would take one per room.”

CHOOSE A VACUUM CLEANER WITH HEPA FILTER

“Prefer a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter (” high efficiency particulate air “), which prevents the escape of finer particles in the air,” advises Dr. Vervloet. It takes about 150 to 180 euros for a powerful vacuum cleaner (Electrolux, Rowenta, Nilfisk …). Finally, “we must think of washing the filter for its effectiveness remains optimal,” said Martine Ott. The bagless vacuum is avoided, which involve contact with dust when empty.

STALKING MITES THROUGH A TEST

Vacuum carpet for 30 minutes makes it possible to recover only 30% of allergens … ours is suspected to be colonized?Just drop on a strip dust extracted from the vacuum, and the test will indicate the degree of concentration by detecting mites guanine, substance present in their droppings. If it is high, it is better to get rid of the carpet or, if not possible, cover with washable type parquet floor or ground plastic. Acarex Test, € 18 for 10 tests.

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