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Controlling Dust, Dust Mites, and Other Allergens in Your Home

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Dust and dust mites are a common indoor allergen. Allergens are things that can trigger an allergic reaction. Allergens can cause a rash, a stuffy nose, or other symptoms such as wheezing or coughing.

Dust mites are visible only through a microscope. People are allergic to dust mite droppings, not the dust mites themselves. Allergy to dust mites is a year-round problem.

Credits for Controlling Dust, Dust Mites, and Other Allergens in Your Home

Current as of: September 25, 2023

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