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Tips to Ease Indoor Allergies at Home

Is your house filled with allergy triggers you cannot see?
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Try these simple tips to control allergens that may lurk in your home.

Shower Power: Pollen sticks to everything. Shower, wash hair, and change clothing if you've been outdoors during heavy pollen times.

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Sleep's Secrets: Sleep relieves stress and helps your body heal when fighting allergy symptoms.

Fixer Upper: Updating your house? Hardwood floors are a great amenity -- and perfect for allergy-prone families.

TLC for the AC: Don't take your air conditioner for granted. Change the filter every month or so. Clean air ducts at least once a year.

Hibernation Season: When pollen count or pollution levels are high, hibernate. Try indoor exercise -- stretching, yoga and weight training.

Steam Heat: Vacuuming or steam cleaning upholstered furniture and carpets -- and doing it often -- helps control allergens.

Separate Rooms: Room air cleaners can be a breath-saver -- in the bedroom, kitchen, TV room, office, or wherever you spend lots of time.

Filter It Out: Use air conditioning during warm, humid months. You'll filter out 99% of all pollen and allergen-producing materials.

Beware the Breeze: Wash bed linens in hot water to kill dust mites. And use the dryer. Hanging clothes in the breeze brings allergens inside.

Tough Love: Many people are sensitive to animal dander and saliva. Wash pets often. Banish them from the bedroom. Send Fido outside.

Infant Insomnia: Chronic insomnia in infants has been linked to allergies to cow's milk proteins. Does your infant need an allergy test?

Toy Terrors: Children's stuffed toys can harbor dust mites. Buy ones that are washable so you can clean them regularly.

Pillow Talk: Keep dust mites out of the bedroom. Box springs, mattresses, and pillows should be enclosed in zippered allergen-proof casings.

Nightly News: Even if night temperatures are cool, keep windows closed. Air-conditioning keeps pollen and mold out.

Hobby Hazards: Could a hobby worsen your asthma? Paint fumes, wood dust, and other irritants in the air can trigger and aggravate airways.

Got a Basement? Then you've likely got mold. Install a dehumidifier, and clean it often. Stay upstairs as much as possible.

Mite Not: Want to control dust mites in bedrooms? Replace carpets with hardwood floors. Attach cheesecloth over air vents. Ban fuzzy blankets.

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