Skin cells often make up a large portion of household dust and are very common to found in every home. On average, the human adult sheds about 9 pounds of skin cells per year! An estimated 75% to 90% of household dust is made up of skin cells. Not only is this the perfect meal for hungry dust mites, it’s also a common allergy trigger.
Anyone with a particular sensitivity to skin cells/dander can be affected by exposure to this allergen. Although there are no long-term health effects associated with skin cells, their concentrations could indicate in the home that includes: Air flow and ventilation in a home, the presence of bacteria, occupant density, the effectiveness of cleaning, and the effectiveness of air filters.
As these fragments circulate through the home and become airborne, they can be ingested or inhaled causing an allergic reaction in some individuals. It’s also been found that animals, in turn, can experience allergic reactions to human skin cells and dander as well.
- Avoid using dusters that spread dust. Instead, use a wet cloth to lift dust completely
- Clean starting and the top of the home and move downward to pick up missed dust
- Use an air purifier to trap excess particulates from the air.
- Check and replace air filters monthly
- Avoid using carpets and rugs
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter weekly