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One of the major suspects for triggering allergy is dust mites.

Mite fecal matter can cause sneezing, coughing, and runny noses in sensitive people. It can also trigger life-threatening asthma attacks, especially in kids.

Think about this: Twenty-thousand microscopic dust mites feasting on dead skin can live in a piece of dust the size of a jelly bean.

So here’s what you need to do to be proactive:

Suck it up. Vacuum your floors, upholstered furniture, and drapes.

Get bare. Bare floors are best. But you can put area rugs outside in direct sunlight for a day, and then vacuum again to remove the dead carcasses and eggs.

And don’t serve the bugs breakfast in bed, replace your pillow regularly. Remember, a two year old pillow can harbor piles of poop.

Happy dust-busting.

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