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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, 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 can 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 immediately after vacuuming)

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