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Among the most common asthma triggers are tiny little critters called dust mites that live amid the dust in your home. They are seemingly everywhere all at once, although they are too small to be seen by the naked eye. If you have allergies and asthma, they can make your life miserable, although with a bit of wisdom you can learn to control them.
Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments where people and animals live. They feed off flakes of skin that fall off of us. They are ugly little critters that are related to spiders. In fact, they look like creepy little spiders.
They live on bedding, mattresses, upholstered furniture, carpets and curtains. At any one time there can be hundreds or even thousands of these critters on any one item.
While creepy in appearance, dust mites are completely harmless to about 90 percent of people. The rest of us, the other 10 percent, develop an abnormal response to them called an alle...
How would you describe the family life in a home where at least one child had Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)? Fun, interesting, chaotic, hectic, frustrating, spontaneous, exhausting, or all of the above? Family life can be many things, but rarely is it peaceful. Parents may feel frustrated and overwhelmed. Children with ADHD often try hard to behave but still manage to get into trouble over and over. Siblings might feel neglected, causing resentment, anger and sometimes guilt. My oldest son has ADHD, as well as other mental illnesses. He required attention beyond that of any of the other children in the household. Altogether, there are four additional children, two from my husband’s previous marriage and two from our marriage together. Raising five children is a feat in itself. Raising a child with special needs is a feat in itself. Putting the two together creates many exhausting days. Homework time with my son coul...
Are you thinking about remodeling your home, or building a new
one? If so, there are several things you need to know about the
impact this may have on your allergies. The dust, debris and fumes
from remodeling or construction can wreak havoc on your eyes, nose
and skin. Knowing about some specific hazards, however, can help
you minimize the impact on your allergies.
If you are putting in new floors, consider using hardwood,
vinyl, linoleum tile, or slate instead of wall-to-wall carpeting.
The carpet is an ideal home for dust mites. These tiny insects are
one of the worst enemies of people with allergies. Too small to be
seen with the naked eye, they live inside carpeting, cushions and
bedding. There they excrete waste products that cause allergic
symptoms. Bare floors with small, washable area rugs are much
easier to keep free of dust mites than carpeting. (See the Asthma
and Allergy Answer fact sheet, "Living With Dust Mites.")
Before you install new flooring, talk to your...
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