Dealing With Triggers: Dust Mitesenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/Dust_Mites_enHD_1.jpgIf dust mites make your child's asthma or allergies worse, here's how to limit exposure to them.asthma, allergy, allergies, trigger, triggers, dust, dust mites, bugs, house, clean, cleaning, vacuum, dirt, allergens08/01/201701/02/201801/02/2018Stephen F. Dinetz, MD11/24/2017a98ede2a-fdec-4e8f-a040-11e01de5e143https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dealing-dust-mites.html/<p>A variety of things in the environment can make&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-basics.html/">asthma</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/allergies-center.html/">allergy</a> symptoms worse. These are called "<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-triggers.html/">triggers</a>." Your doctor can help you figure out what your child's triggers are.</p> <p>Dust mites are a common trigger for many kids.</p> <h3>What Are Dust Mites?</h3> <p>Dust mites are microscopic bugs that live in household dust. They eat skin cells that people shed. They're especially plentiful in upholstered furniture, on some kinds of bedding, and in rugs. The highest concentration of dust mites in the home is usually in bedrooms.</p> <h3>How Can I Help My Child Deal With Them?</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Vacuum and dust your home (especially your child's bedroom) often &mdash; at least once a week. Use a special small-pore filter bag on your vacuum or buy a vacuum with a HEPA filter. When you dust, use a damp cloth to avoid spreading dust mite particles in the air.</li> <li>Avoid feather or down pillows or comforters; choose bedding made with synthetic materials instead.</li> <li>Wash or change sheets weekly. Every few weeks, wash all of your child's bedding in hot water (higher than 130&ordm;F or 54.4&ordm;C) and dry it on a high setting.</li> <li>Cover mattresses, pillows, and box springs with mite-proof covers (available at many large retail stores and also online). Be sure to regularly wipe down the covers.</li> <li>Remove any carpeting, especially wall-to-wall carpeting, from your child's bedroom and other spaces where he or she spends a lot of time.</li> <li>If you have area rugs, make sure they're washable and clean them weekly in hot water.</li> <li>Make sure window coverings in your child's room can be washed or cleaned easily. Stay away from blinds, which have lots of horizontal surfaces that catch dust, or fancy curtains with lots of folds, which have to be dry cleaned. Wash all window coverings regularly.</li> <li>Avoid upholstered furniture and pillows.</li> <li>Clean up clutter. Clear away knickknacks, picture frames, and plants that collect dust.</li> <li>Store most of your child's books in a room other than his or her bedroom or playroom.</li> <li>Keep your child's collection of stuffed animals to a minimum. Any plush toys that your little one just can't live without should be washed often in hot water (if they don't contain batteries) and then dried on your dryer's highest setting. You also can seal these toys in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer for at least 5 hours or overnight (dust mites can't survive more than 5 hours of freezing temperatures).</li> <li>Avoid using a humidifier, especially in your child's bedroom.</li> <li>Run a dehumidifier in the basement or other damp areas of your home. Empty and clean the water pan often.</li> </ul>Cómo afrontar los desencadenantes: los ácaros del polvoHay una variedad de elementos en el medio ambiente que pueden empeorar los síntomas del asma o de la alergia. Se conocen como "desencadenantes". El médico de su hijo le puede ayudar a averiguar cuáles son esos desencadenantes en su hijo.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/dealing-dust-mites-esp.html/61bf845c-5063-4f58-a82d-42d406213c11
Air Pollution & AsthmaDirty air can be bad news for someone with asthma. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ozone-asthma.html/151affd3-d5b6-4550-9226-05a25b057dd4
Air Pollution and AsthmaPoor air quality can make asthma worse. Here's what to do about it if you have asthma. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ozone-asthma.html/9988d51d-0056-4ae7-a833-afc3b956bd00
Asthma Asthma makes it hard to breathe. But with treatment, the condition can be managed so that kids can still do the things they love. Learn all about asthma. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-basics.html/93904ebb-464e-4afd-9e00-2509c3cef428
Asthma CenterAsthma keeps more kids home from school than any other chronic illness. Learn how to help your child manage the condition, stay healthy, and stay in school.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/asthma-center.html/cfa843fc-8e5e-43c8-a576-466a9b27e9c1
Asthma TriggersTriggers — things in the air, weather conditions, or activities — can cause asthma flare-ups. By knowing and avoiding triggers, you'll help lessen your child's asthma symptoms.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-triggers.html/9a1476d0-ef6a-4163-84cb-6ae622d1b98b
Asthma-Safe HomesHere's steps to remove or minimize triggers at home that cause asthma flare-ups.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/asthma-homes.html/b3a43bd7-a584-4f82-bd4d-105c72f56e4b
Can the Weather Affect My Asthma?Weather can affect a person's asthma. Find out how in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/weather-asthma.html/ae213ad9-c822-4c70-bdaa-8b45481e627c
Can the Weather Affect My Child's Asthma?Sometimes, the weather can affect a child's asthma symptoms. Here are some tips for dealing with it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/weather-asthma.html/7555f437-3c6a-462a-9928-0511b245a688
Can the Weather Affect a Person's Asthma?The weather can affect your asthma symptoms. If you think weather may be triggering your asthma, here are some tips for dealing with it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/weather-asthma.html/9dc81561-8343-43b9-bc01-82209144a067
Dealing With Asthma TriggersFind out what can make your asthma worse, and what to do about it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/asthma-triggers.html/f02e3036-b0eb-4e8c-bd24-4d9ee73d5f95
Dealing With Triggers: CockroachesFind out how to limit exposure to cockroaches if they make your child's asthma or allergies worse.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/triggers-cockroaches.html/26e4eacb-d327-4e19-b2fb-5b80cd38b458
Dealing With Triggers: IrritantsIf strong scents, smoke, and smog make your child's asthma or allergies worse, learn how to limit contact with these irritants.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/triggers-irritants.html/7cd1031f-0df4-4d3d-8e3d-9c9306965619
Dealing With Triggers: MoldIf mold makes your child's asthma or allergies worse, learn how to limit exposure to it. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/trigger-mold.html/9445b03c-3710-4cc3-b77d-db95705901cd
Dealing With Triggers: PollenIf pollen makes your child's asthma or allergies worse, learn how to limit exposure it. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/triggers-pollen.html/84cdf214-93ce-4934-9680-4fb5b3fb4c8e
Definition: TriggersAn asthma trigger is anything that brings on coughing, wheezing, trouble breathing, and other symptoms in a person with asthma.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/triggers.html/875a7dda-c11b-4e5f-8f21-b8698a0f02c8
Word! TriggersWith asthma, a trigger is anything that brings on asthma symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and trouble breathing.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/triggers.html/73186177-ec46-4e69-920f-273484ed1389
Animals, Allergies & Other Triggershttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/triggers/d874048d-ae2b-4e6e-909b-c1e14b2b0a40Stuff like pollen and pets may cause an asthma flare-up. Find out what to do about common asthma triggers.kh:age-allAgesOrAgeAgnostickh:clinicalDesignation-immunologykh:genre-articlekh:primaryClinicalDesignation-pulmonologyAllergieshttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/allergies/c32bb099-b506-44fd-9652-f21a8b5f3bccLiving With Asthmahttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-center/living-asthma/ceb2b080-7f11-449b-a12c-78754375e437Preventing Flare-Upshttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-center/preventing-flareups/410d173d-fdaf-4c8e-9cfb-3428d15a6fbbAsthma & Allergieshttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-center/asthma-allergies/92b1258a-4ea4-475e-9203-1ac3e9ae1c99