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Wash sheets at least once a week in hot water (about 130 F).

If you can, choose wooden blinds instead of drapes. Consider hardwood floors instead of carpeting.

Vaccum once a week. Use a HEPA filter.

Don’t clean the bedroom in the evening. It can take 2 hours or more for the dust to settle after a clean-up gets it moving.

Keep pets out of the bedroom. Their dander can set off your symptoms and track in mold and pollen.

Clear the bedroom of extra pillows and dust-collecting knickknacks.

From: How to Allergy-Proof Your Bedroom WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: “Indoor Allergens: Tips to Remember” and "Humidifiers and Indoor Allergies."

American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: “Dust Mite Allergy: Tips for Reducing House Dust Allergies.”

Allergy & Asthma Network: “Sleep Matters: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep with Asthma and Allergies.”

Harvard Medical School, Women’s Health Watch: “What To Do About Sinusitis.”

Tammemagi, C. - Head& Neck Surgery, 2010. Archives of Otolaryngology

Nemours Foundation: “Sinusitis.”

Arroyave, W. March 2014. Annals of Allergies, Asthma & Immunology,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 17, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: “Indoor Allergens: Tips to Remember” and "Humidifiers and Indoor Allergies."

American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: “Dust Mite Allergy: Tips for Reducing House Dust Allergies.”

Allergy & Asthma Network: “Sleep Matters: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep with Asthma and Allergies.”

Harvard Medical School, Women’s Health Watch: “What To Do About Sinusitis.”

Tammemagi, C. - Head& Neck Surgery, 2010. Archives of Otolaryngology

Nemours Foundation: “Sinusitis.”

Arroyave, W. March 2014. Annals of Allergies, Asthma & Immunology,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 17, 2018

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