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Are You Controlling Allergens in Your Bedroom?

AAFA Community Services ·
We spend approximately one-third of our time in the bedroom. Dust mites and mold – both of which are common indoor allergens – thrive in furniture, carpets and bedding. They love moisture! You can reduce these allergens by taking some simple steps, including regular cleaning and using CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® products.
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Bedroom Hygiene Is Crucial for Healthy Sleep Hygiene

AAFA Community Services ·
Frequent sleep disturbances and daytime sleepiness are the most telling signs of poor sleep hygiene according to the National Sleep Foundation. Sleep disturbances are commonly reported by people with asthma, eczema and allergies.
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Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

AAFA Community Services ·
If you're reading this, there's a good chance you're one of the millions of Americans with a dust mite allergy. But how well do you know these microscopic creatures? Here's a look at some common misconceptions about dust mites and dust mite allergy.
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Protect-A-Bed Partners with AAFA for National Allergy Campaign

AAFA Community Services ·
In a joint effort to educate consumers about bedroom allergies and allergen-reduction solutions, Protect-A-Bed and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) have partnered on a national campaign to raise awareness of household allergens.
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Protect Yourself From Dust Mites With Asthma and Allergy Friendly Pillows and Pillow Covers

AAFA Community Services ·
When you lay your head on your pillow at night, all you want to think about is comfort – not millions of dust mites. And if you have a dust mite allergy, having all those microscopic insects near your head can make you uncomfortable by triggering allergy and asthma symptoms. You can create a healthier sleeping environment by using pillows that are CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®. Or you can cover your existing pillow in a CERTIFIED pillow cover.
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Is Your Home Making You Sick? Why a Healthier Indoor Environment Is Important

AAFA Community Services ·
October is Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month . Since your indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air, this month is a good time to make sure you are taking the right steps to create healthier air in your home. Your home should be a haven for you and your family. But unfortunately, it may be filled with allergy and asthma triggers that can impact your health. Common allergens found in homes include animal dander , dust mites , pests , pollen and mold . Common irritants found in homes...
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Re: Are You Controlling Allergens in Your Bedroom?

StuffywithCare ·
If we keep our pillows covered with certified allergen-barrier covers, do they still need to be replaced every two years?
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Re: Are You Controlling Allergens in Your Bedroom?

K8sMom2002 ·
Marcia, that's a great question. I think that the replacement will help other things -- like the structural integrity of the pillow. After two years of sleeping on something like a pillow, it may not be offering you the best night's sleep.
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Re: Are You Controlling Allergens in Your Bedroom?

Deborah Bartlett ·
The bedroom should be kept allergen and asthma trigger free. It may be difficult, but it is important to try! When we are lying down, our breathing problems often worsen. That is why we should have a clean and safe bedroom. We do need to get a good night of rest!
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Re: Skip Flowers, Perfume and Candy for Your Valentine With Asthma and Allergies

Deborah Bartlett ·
Great Valentine's Day Tips! 💖💘💓💌 Yes. Be thoughtful and have a healthy holiday! A book of poetry and a cozy blanket that is safe would be great! A nice mug and a box of herb tea. A sweater that is safe to wear. A pair of slippers is always nice and comforting! For folks that are home bound, how about an adult coloring book and some colored pencils? A nice picture frame that has a picture of you and your sweetie in it! Have a Happy Valentine's Day! 😍
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Re: Skip Flowers, Perfume and Candy for Your Valentine With Asthma and Allergies

Shea ·
I love those ideas, AAFA and Deb! There are so many cool (non-traditional) gift options out there that can be fun to celebrate and dont bother asthma/allergies: video games, board games, DVDs, or books also make great gifts.
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Re: Skip Flowers, Perfume and Candy for Your Valentine With Asthma and Allergies

Deborah Bartlett ·
Thanks, Shea! ☺ You have some wonderful gift ideas! It just takes a little thought....
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Re: Skip Flowers, Perfume and Candy for Your Valentine With Asthma and Allergies

JenniePV ·
This ideas are great for any holiday or at any time you want to get a gift for a loved one. Thanks.
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Re: Skip Flowers, Perfume and Candy for Your Valentine With Asthma and Allergies

Melissa G ·
Welcome to the AAFA forums, JenniePV! You are right, these are great gift ideas for any time.
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Re: Protect Yourself From Dust Mites With Asthma and Allergy Friendly Pillows and Pillow Covers

Shea ·
I just ordered a new mattress encasement (zippered) and 2 pillow encasements from AAFA's list here-- my old-one's zipper broke (it was not one from aafa's list and it was kinda cheap and had a plastic-y feel and was tough to clean) so that is why this time I wanted an AAFA certified one. I cant wait for it to come!
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

LK ·
A question - Since I assume dust mites are also in our cars' upholstery and interior, how often should we vacuum our cars? Thanks!
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

Melissa G ·
Lisa, that is a great question. I will see if I can find that out for you.
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

Melissa G ·
Lisa, this would be a great question for Ask the Allergist.
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

LK ·
Thank you for the link, Melissa! Just sent the question.
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Skip Flowers, Perfume and Candy for Your Valentine With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Flowers, candy, perfume and candles may be common gifts for Valentine’s Day. But if you give them to your loved ones with asthma and allergies, you may give them something you didn’t plan on – triggers that cause symptoms. Instead, give non-traditional asthma and allergy friendly gifts.
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Why Healthy Indoor Air Quality Is Important

AAFA Community Services ·
Having good indoor air quality is an important part of living in a healthy home. You can improve your indoor air quality by reducing the sources of allergens and irritants in your home. "We take about 20,000 breaths each day and spend 90% of our time indoors. Reducing exposure to substances in the environment around us that trigger allergy and asthma symptoms is important. Eliminating these indoor triggers is a great place to start.” – Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and...
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

Compton ·
Welcome, Suprabha to the AAFA community. An interesting question. CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® allergen-barrier mattress or pillow covers prevent dust mite colonies from booming in your bed. They will still live in your sheets, pillowcases and blankets, but with regular washing with hot water, you can keep the numbers down. Do Antibacterial mattresses make a difference? This would be a great question for Ask the Allergist. or a new topic in the Allergy Support forum.
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Re: Fact or Fiction: 5 Myths About Dust Mites

Suprabha ·
I had a big issue that which mattress would be better for dust mites. The Magniflex Mattress website gave me a conclusion that Antibacterial mattresses are the best for dust mites. What do you suggest?
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