Dust has long been known to cause allergies. Keep in mind that dust can contain pieces or even pet fur particles, dead cockroaches, mold spores, and dust mites. Some of these are common allergens.
Signs and symptoms of dust allergies, including itchy, runny and red eyes, sneezing, and runny nose. This condition can be aggravated when you do a lot of outdoor activities, fail to maintain the cleanliness of the house, and ignore the hygiene of pets.
If you or other family members have dust allergies, it is important to clean the house regularly. That way, dirty dust and cockroaches cannot nest.
During the daytime, open all windows to allow ventilation. This must be considered because by opening the window, sunlight can enter the house and reduce moisture so that the fungus is not easy to grow.
Also recommend not using carpets on the floor, especially in the bedroom. We recommend using ceramic, marble or wood floors. Also use anti-mite sheets and pillowcases for the room.
However, besides allergies, it turns out there are still hidden dangers of dust. What kind of danger is that?
Antibiotic resistance is the ability of bacteria to survive the effects of antibiotics. Bacteria that should die, actually multiply. This will complicate the healing process from diseases caused by bacteria.
There are a number of things that can cause antibiotic resistance, such as excessive or inappropriate use of antibiotics. Then, what is the connection between dust and antiobiotic resistance?
As explained above, dust is not an inanimate object. There are various living compounds in the dust strands, one of which is antibacterial called triclosan. It is very common in dust.
On the other hand, there are lots of household products - detergents, toothpaste, bath soaps, etc. - which contain triclosan which is claimed to kill bacteria. This can then trigger and worsen the condition of bacterial resistance.
Researchers at Northwestern University, Chicago, United States, tried to compare 42 dust samples taken from sports facilities. The results show that in dust which has a high concentration of triclosan, the bacteria have the chance to undergo gene changes that lead to antibiotic resistance.
Apparently, the antibacterial compound trichlosan is not only found in dust, but also in some toothpaste products. In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned the use of antibacterial active ingredients such as triclosan. The agency said that high levels of triclosan exposure were associated with disruption of hormones and antibiotic resistance.
Antibiotic resistance is a serious health threat. In the United States alone, around 25,000 people die each year because of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.
This medical fact is not well understood by many people, so socialization needs to be done from now on. You can start at home by changing your lifestyle.
The only effort to reduce the potential for resistance to antibiotic drugs is to stop using antibacterial products including triclosan. You only need to wash your hands using ordinary water and soap.
To clean the dust that sticks at home, you also don't need to use cleaning products. Simply wash using a wet towel and add a little soap that is free of triclosan.
Not only causes allergies, dust is also associated with antibiotic resistance. Therefore, pay attention to personal and environmental hygiene and hygiene products that you have been using. Too much use of antibacterial products may not be needed, it can even be bad for your health.