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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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