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Allergy Triggers That Might Be Overlooked

For us allergy sufferers, we spend half the time in spring sneezing and sniffling and the other half trying to avoid allergy triggers.

Here are four places that might be overlooked by some when trying to avoid allergy triggers:

Pillows.  Believe it or not, some pillows  may contain about sixteen different types of fungi.  Protect yourself by washing your pillow in hot water at least four times a year.

Houseplants.  Although certain houseplants are great for cleaning indoor air, they are also famous for harboring mold.  Be sure to wipe off any mold you see with a wet cloth.  Also, be careful not to over-water your plants.  Place plants by a window so they stay dry.

Pets.  The tree and grass pollen that pets sometimes carry on their coats can cause allergies to flare up.  Avoid this by bathing your pet weekly.

Cars.  Carpets, mats, and upholstery in your car can retain moisture from rain brought in on your shoes and clothing, which can make the surfaces in your home a perfect place for mold growth.  Roll down your windows, or run the heat or air in your car for a few minutes.  The air will blow the dust mites and mold spores out of the car.

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