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One-Third of Your Pillow Weight May Be Dust Mites and Bug Droppings

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  • Dust mites are curious little creatures that live off your dead skin cells and are responsible for allergic reactions in at least 10 percent of the population
  • Mites and their droppings are not the only hazards residing in your pillows; you may be spending up to one-third of your life breathing fire retardant chemicals used in your bedding
  • One health option to reduce toxic chemicals and bug populations in your bedroom is to use wool pillows and duvets

By Dr. Mercola

Dust mites are curious tiny creatures that feed off your dead skin cells and thrive in warm, humid environments. They don’t bite, and they don’t spread disease, but they are responsible for allergic symptoms and have been linked to the development of asthma in children.


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