Fabric window coverings function similar to an air filter trapping and holding dust, dirt, pollens, pet dander and other harmful allergen contributors which may provoke allergy and asthma attacks. In addition, fabric window coverings create an ideal environment for dust mites to live and reproduce.
Dust mite fecal deposits (Der p1) is an airborne protein based allergen. Studies have shown that nearly 75% of allergy suffers are allergic to this protein commonly found in the waste of this microscopic 8 legged insect. Common dust mite allergy symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, headache, congestion, cough, and itchy, red or watery eyes. If you commonly wake up with these cold like symptoms, you may have a dust mite allergy.