Dust Allergy

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Dust Allergy Dilemma

One of the most prevalent indoor air pollutants and the primary cause of a dust allergy falls into the big category simply called “dust particulate matter” or “dust particles.” If you were to classify many of the household airborne pollutants, they would fall into the general category of a dust particle.

We have all heard of household dust so you may be wondering, “What’s such a big deal about a dust particle?”

Well there are actually 3 big deals …

  1. The size of the dust particle
  2. The amount of airborne dust particles
  3. The type of dust particle

If a dust particle is very small we call this a sub-micron particle. A sub-micron particle can lodge deep within the lung tissues. If there are just a few of these sub-micron particles in the indoor environment it wouldn’t really be a big deal. However, extensive studies have proven that these sub-micron particles “by count” are more than 90% of the particles in any residential indoor environment. In fact, I have tested many homes over the years for sub-micron particles and have never found a count less than 90%; while most houses I have checked have been closer to 98%.

But what does this mean?

The answer is tied into the third point above . . . “The type of dust particle.”

There are many sub-micron dust particles in the indoor environment you just don’t want to breathe in every day.

Some of the more common dust particles which are known allergens include:

  • Dust mites
  • Dust mite feces
  • Mold spores
  • Broken-down pesticide dust
  • Broken-down dead insects
  • Bacteria from vacuum cleaner bags
  • Broken down tree and grass pollen
  • and more

People with chronic allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems probably have some level of a hypersensitivity (allergic response) to one or more of these allergens found in house particles. The key to controlling a dust allergy is limiting the amount of these sub-micron dust particles floating in the air of your home.

HEPA To The Rescue

A HEPA vacuum used regularly will drastically reduce the amount of these airborne dust particles over time. By combining the use of HEPA air purifiers in the main rooms of the home along with weekly vacuuming, your should notice a marked improvement in your indoor air quality and dust related allergy symptoms.

About the author: Stan K. Hall a.k.a. The Sick House Doctor is a recognized specialist in Indoor Air Pollution as well as Health & Safety in the home. He has performed over 400 indoor environmental evaluations over the past 26 years and has helped hundreds of homeowners make their homes a haven. He is widely known as the originator of T.E.A.M., the scientifically proven approach to controlling and resolving indoor air pollution.

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