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What type of air filters I use if I have allergies?

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Use high-efficiency air filters on your AC and heating units. They're rated on what's called the MERV scale. You want something that’s around a MERV 11 or 12. Change the filter every 3 months.

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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