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dust mites in carpets

House dust mites thrive in carpets. The connection between asthma and dust mite allergy is unclear. However it is thought to be linked to the proteins in their droppings. When these are inhaled or touched by someone who is allergic the proteins prompt the immune system to produce antibodies that cause the release of ` the chemical histamine. It is this rush of histamine that leads to swelling and irritation of the airways, causing breathing difficulties and asthma attacks.

From an article in The Cape Argus