dust mite


Definition of dust mite

: any of various mites (especially family Pyroglyphidae) commonly found in house dust — compare house dust mite

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Turbyville said rainfall and humidity have encouraged mold and dust mites in this area. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Why Louisville is one of the worst places to live with allergies," 25 Feb. 2019 This is because your mattress and pillow can harbor allergens like dust mites, which are microscopic creatures that feed off of your dead skin, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Often to Buy a New Mattress and Pillow for the Best Sleep Possible," 28 Mar. 2019 Washing your bedding will cut down on potential allergens like dust mites and pet dander than can trigger congestion, sneezing, and obstructed breathing and in turn, poor sleep, Dr. Rosen says. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "15 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight, According to Experts," 2 May 2019 Use a handheld garment steamer or bursts from your steam iron to kill any dust mites lurking near the surface. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean a Couch Like a Pro," 29 Mar. 2019 Regularly washing your pillow case, pillow cover, and yes, the pillow itself will keep the build-up of dirt, oil, and dead skin (which can lead to dust mites) at a minimum, which will help your pillow last longer. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "How Often Should You Replace Your Pillows?," 12 Dec. 2018 Common triggers behind this include pollen, dust mites, animal dander, cold air, smoke, exercise, and more. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "Is Your Chest Pain Physical or Mental?," 14 Nov. 2018 This stat might be debatable, but the same is true for pillows, which can double its weight in three years, thanks to collecting skin and dust mites. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "People Are Keeping Their Mattresses Way Too Long," 26 Aug. 2015 Reusable filters are generally better at removing larger particles from the air, like dust mites and pollen. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Do Air Purifiers Actually Work?," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of dust mite

1969, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dust mite

: a very small creature that lives in the dust in your house and that can cause an allergic reaction

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Medical Definition of dust mite

: any of various mites (especially family Pyroglyphidae) implicated in human allergic reactions to dust especially : house dust mite

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