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Endotoxins in Dust – Asthma Triggers

Posted by John on September 4th, 2008

It turns out that dust mites, mold, and pet dander are not the only allergens in houshold dust…

New research reveals that endotoxins produced by bacteria in dust can inflame airways and trigger asthma, according to ScienceDaily.

What are endotoxins?

Peter Thorne, environmental toxicologist at the University of Iowa explains, “If you think of a bacterium as an orange, the endotoxin is the material that makes up the peel. It’s the outer layer. And this becomes shed from bacteria, and it’s everywhere in the environment.

“Endotoxin in the home is related to higher rates of asthma.”

Endotoxins can trigger asthma symptoms even if you don’t have allergies or asthma!

To decrease the level of endotoxins in your home, follow these tips:

  • Cut down on dust by reducing clutter (magazines, books, newspapers, and dust-collecting knick-knacks).
  • Keep your floors as clean as possible by using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
  • Purchase dust mite proof covers for your pillows and mattresses.
  • air purifiers

  • Eliminate airborne dust with air purifiers.
  • Wash bed linens in hot water at least once a week.
  • Don’t eat in bed or allow pets in the bedroom.
  • Keep moisture in your home low with a dehumidifier.
  • Repair any leaks or water damage immediately.

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