Some questions about dust

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Some questions about dust

Post by hurly » Wed Jun 29, 2005 9:47 am

What is dust in a molecular level?
Why is dust attracted to heat/electricity (computers etc)?
Is there a way to prevent/minimize the occurrence of dust?

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Post by Chris4 » Wed Jun 29, 2005 10:15 am

Good question. I would like to know more also as I suffer from asthma and allergies and dust and dust mites make bring on an allergic reaction.
I saw a book recently about dust. I think it was this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASI ... 16-0150859
I thought about buying it :o

I'm not sure how to explain the computers attracting dust. Its static isn't it? Positive negative charges etc. I did it in GCSE physics about 5 years ago.

You can get air purification units etc which i think may remove dust. You can also get special hoovers which are supposed to be better for allergy suffers. Im not sure if they suck up dust as well as dust mites.
You could also get a static eliminator.
http://www.industrysearch.com.au/produc ... sp?id=4869
Looks like its more suited to industry than in your living room. :D
It's always funny until someone gets hurt. Then it's just hilarious.

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Post by Zachthemac » Wed Jun 29, 2005 1:17 pm

I remember reading somewhere that dust is mostly made of dead skin cells and hair with a side of dirt.

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Post by James » Wed Jun 29, 2005 2:39 pm

House dust is dead skin cells, hairs and fibres from clothing.

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Post by MrMistery » Wed Jun 29, 2005 8:05 pm

Makes you think twice about inviting someone over, doesn't it? :wink:
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DustMite Invasion!

Post by Hemlocke_G » Fri Jul 08, 2005 5:03 am

Hello Everyone! Could someone tell me what dust mites do? :?: :oops: :?: Do they lodge in your eyelids and eat tissues there or something? thanks!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by mith » Fri Jul 08, 2005 5:42 am

nah, they live in your bed and eat your dead skin cells. I've been told that a 5 year old mattress is 60% by weight dead skin cells and bed bugs.
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Post by Chris4 » Fri Jul 08, 2005 8:17 am

Dust mites live in carpets as well. Its the waste which they secrete which people get allergies to. Not the dust mites themselves.
It's always funny until someone gets hurt. Then it's just hilarious.

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Post by Navin » Fri Jul 08, 2005 11:05 am

i think spores form part of dust as well

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Post by James » Fri Jul 08, 2005 3:15 pm

Dust mite faeces is a common allergen, especially to asthmatics

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