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    Allergens: Dust and Dust Mites

    What are dust allergens?

    Dust allergens are substances found in dust, and may include:

    • Fabric fibers

    • Lint

    • Feathers

    • Stuffing materials

    • Animal protein (dander, saliva, urine, and body oils)

    • Bacteria

    • Mold and fungus spores

    • Food particles

    • Plants

    • Insects and their waste

    What is a dust mite allergen?

    Dust mites are microscopic organisms that normally live and thrive throughout homes and businesses. The mites and their waste products thrive in:

    • Draperies

    • Stuffed animals

    • Bedding

    • Upholstered furniture

    • Carpets

    • Air (but only right after vacuuming or sweeping) 

    Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN CCRC
    Online Medical Reviewer: Deborah Pedersen MD
    Date Last Reviewed: 9/1/2018
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