Most people don’t really think too much about the dust in their home, especially when it’s hiding in corners and underneath furniture. Until it starts to coat every crevice and surface in your home, you probably tend to ignore it. The number one reason that most people don’t worry about dust and neglect their housekeeping, Weeki Wachee residents do not see any harmful effects of an over abundance of dust. In all reality though, dust is not just unsightly. Dust is actually a collective term to describe the wide variety of organic and inorganic particles that can be collected in your home.
So What is Dust Made of?
Most of it is made up of shed human skin cells, which is why the rooms most used in the house generally tend to have the most dust. Dust mites, which are microscopic living organisms, live off of these skin cells and as the dust on mattresses, bedding, and sofas contain lots of skin cells, there are sure to be unseen dust mites follow. It’s not just skin cells and dust mites to worry about from unkempt housekeeping. Weeki Wachee residents’ dust at home can contain all sorts of compounds, some of which are even considered to be toxic. It may contain particles like pet dander, rodent waste, paint particles, pollen, bacteria, viruses, plant and insect parts, heavy metals or even cigarette smoke and flame retardants.
Conditions That Are severely Sensitive to Accumulated Dust
Infants and children are among those most sensitive to conditions with dust. Many people are allergic to dust mites. For about 20 million Americans, they’ll develop symptoms like red, itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, and/or a runny, itchy, stuffy nose. Asthma is another condition that is very sensitive to an over abundance of dust from non habitual housekeeping. Weeki Wachee homes can be covered with bacteria by-products in household dust that are also known to trigger asthma. The greater the exposure, especially during windy days or during cleaning, the greater the probability of having an asthma attack. Another overlooked condition and risk to consider, some people that inhale dust can cause flare ups of atopic dermatitis and other skin conditions such as eczema.
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