If you suffer from dust allergies, your office equipment could be making you sick. Dust allergy symptoms can include sneezing, runny nose, itchy, red or watery eyes, coughing, or asthma symptoms such as difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, dust mites are the most common cause of dust allergies. The allergic reaction stems from the proteins in the dust mite's body and feces. There are usually 100-500 dust mites in just one gram of dust (1 gram = 1 paperclip). Grossed out yet? There's more – each mite lives for 30 days and creates 10-20 waste particles / day. Female mites can lay 25-30 eggs during her 30-day life, perpetuating the dust mite population.
Office equipment contracts dust like a magnet. The fans used to keep the equipment from overheating constantly sucked in dust, pollen, lint, and dirt … Read More