It’s allergy season again, but that doesn’t mean the trees and flowers in bloom are the only cause of your sneezing or itchy, watery eyes. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), millions of people experience allergies from indoor allergens, including animal dander, dust mites, and mold.1  
 
While you may be aware of these common indoor triggers, below are five surprising places and ways they can show up and cause problems. Plus, tips on how to prevent allergens from lingering in your home and, when allergy symptoms appear, how to find relief with Allegra®—the No.1 allergist-recommended non-drowsy OTC antihistamine brand for adults and children and the fastest-acting non-drowsy antihistamine for adults.* If your child has allergies, try giving them Children’s Allegra®. It’s long-lasting** and non-drowsy, so it won’t make them tired whether they’re playing or concentrating on schoolwork.

Vacuuming Can Make Things Better—or Worse

Vacuuming is an effective way to remove indoor allergens—especially if you have a pet. Make sure to use a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, or you might end up spreading the microscopic irritants around your house even more through the exhaust vent. Bonus tip: Don’t forget to wash floor mats and steam-clean wall-to-wall carpets regularly.2

Beyond Dander

While you may be allergic to your furry friend’s dander, it’s also likely they’re bringing allergens like pollen and dust back into the house if they’re spending time outdoors. Can’t keep your pet indoors or bathe them each time they come inside? Allegra® can help relieve your symptoms for a full 24 hours.

Dust Yourself Off 

It doesn’t take rolling around in the grass like your pup for pollen to find its way onto your clothing. Give your clothes a good brush down before you head inside and, if you’ve been somewhere like a park or garden with a high pollen count, consider washing your clothes straight away so they don’t spread the allergens around the house.3

Protect Against Mold 

Mold spores thrive in moist places like bathrooms and kitchens, but these precautions can help keep your house clean and safe:4, 5
  • Use a high-quality dehumidifier and monitor the amount of humidity in the house (general rule: humidity levels should be below 60%).
  • Limit yourself to a few houseplants. 
  • Avoid letting the water run for a long time before showering.
  • Repair leaks immediately and thoroughly clean the surrounding area. 
  • Basements are often breeding grounds for mold spores because they are both damp and dark. Use airtight, water-proof containers for storage.     

Regular Cleaning 

It’s lovely to have the windows open on a spring day, but keep in mind that it can allow for more outdoor pollens to come inside. Besides mopping floors and vacuuming carpets, use a damp cloth to wipe down areas around the windows, such as the windowsill, frame, and curtains. Likewise, dust mites in your bed are a major source of allergies year-round. Use dust mite-proof coverings for your pillows, mattresses, and box springs, and wash all of your bedding weekly in water that is at least 130F°. 6

Combat all your indoor allergies quickly and effectively with Allegra.®

Combat all your indoor allergies quickly and effectively with Allegra.®

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