Most patients with eczema and many with asthma are allergic to the common house dust mite, (D. peteronyssinus).
This mite is found in all homes and it is impossible to completely eradicate. However, there are many ways in which you can cut down exposure to the mite and improve your eczema.
House dust mite lives in soft furnishings and mattresses and the following measures will help to avoid contact with it:
- Never lie on the carpet or scatter cushions to read or watch the television. Replace carpets with laminate or linoleum flooring and small mats.
- Vacuum rooms that are used regularly everyday, preferably when the person with the eczema is out of the room. Never brush carpets or furniture.
- Dust with a damp duster to prevent redistribution of the dust.
- Vacuum lined curtains weekly if possible.
- Vacuum mattresses weekly, try covering pillows and mattresses in a house dust mite cover and keep bedroom furnishings as light and simple as possible to avoid dust traps. Never use nylon sheets.
- Use a pillow and duvet containing artificial materials and wash them at least monthly.
- Decontaminate furry toys by placing them in the freezer for 24 hours once a month.
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This service is based at The James Cook University Hospital but also covers the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, our community hospitals and community health services.