Allergies affect more than 50 million people in the United States -- the poor souls who sniffle, sneeze, and get all clogged up when face to face with the allergen (or allergens) that set them off.
For many, allergies are seasonal and mild, requiring nothing more than getting extra tissue or taking a decongestant occasionally. For others, the allergy is to a known food, and as long as they avoid the food, no problem.
But for legions of others adults, allergies are so severe it interferes with...
Dust mites, on the other hand, are heavier and fall to the ground, so HEPA filters can't suck them out of the air. And they won't help much with pet allergies if your animals spend time in your bed or on upholstered furniture, where their dander gets into fabric.
Dehumidifiers. If dust mites are your trigger, make their lives miserable. Low humidity hurts them, especially when it's under 40%. You can buy room dehumidifiers or a larger one that goes on your furnace.
Air conditioner. If pollen bugs you, close the window and turn on the AC. It can also can help with dust mites because it keeps the humidity low.
Allergy bedding. If you're allergic to dust mites, it's a good idea to cover your pillows and mattresses in special cases. They don't do much good, though, for other allergy triggers.
Cleaning supplies. The chemicals in them, especially the ones you spray, can trigger allergy attacks. They tend to stay in the air and can make you sneeze or get a runny nose or watery eyes. Instead, use products that you can wipe with a sponge or cloth.
Another option: Try "green" cleaners that have fewer harsh chemicals. Or make your own, like a white vinegar spray or baking soda paste.