Did you know that your bedroom, particularly your bed, is the perfect environment for allergens that can trigger your asthma? We know that it sounds shocking, but this is the perfect place for dust and mites, so the latter feed on the dead skin of your body, as well as other body fluids, and it is quite difficult to get rid of them.
However, you can prevent this by washing your bedding properly once a week and covering your mattress with adequate protection (which should also be washed once a week). Moreover, there are many people who are allergic to dust and don’t even know it – but this is another allergy that can lead to asthma.
According to Clifford Bassett, MD, founder and medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York and author of The New Allergy Solution, “The bedroom is the number one allergy hot spot. Potentially tens of millions of dust mites live in pillows, sheets, mattresses, and bed linens.”
He also adds that you should leave your bed unmade, because this way your bed sheets will be exposed to the air and they will dry out, minimizing the risk of dust mites.
Experts recommend washing your bed sheets, blankets, pillowcases and bedcovers in hot water (130 F or 54.4 C) to kill dust mites and remove allergens.
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