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    Avoiding Allergy Triggers

    By Emily Gurnon, Contributing Writer
    May 15, 2013, 6:35:15 AM EDT

    Allergies are common in people of all ages in the United States. But if you know what sets them off for you, you can work to avoid the triggers and help side-step some of the unpleasant symptoms of allergies. If you also have asthma, avoiding certain allergens can help limit those symptoms as well.

    For some people, their trigger may be just one allergen; others may have several. If you are allergic to dust mites, follow the tips below. If pollen sets you off, follow the pollen tips.


    Here are some hints to keep your misery to a minimum. Choose only those that affect you.

    Dust mite control

    Dust mites are microscopic cousins to the spider. They feed off skin cells shed by people and animals. They flourish in warm and humid environments. You can never completely banish dust mites from your home — even if you clean until it sparkles. But you can diminish their ranks by taking the following steps:

    - Use allergy casings for pillows and mattresses. - Wash bedding in hot water (at least 130 to 140 degrees) once a week to kill dust mites. Freezing bedding overnight will also kill the mites. - Wash stuffed animals. - Choose bedding made from synthetic materials instead of feathers or wool. - Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity at 50 percent or lower. - Choose hard flooring instead of carpeting. Remove fabric curtains and upholstered furniture. - Use a damp cloth or mop — not a dry one — to wipe dust. - Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter or a double-layered micro-filter bag. This can trap allergens that would otherwise escape. - Wear a mask while vacuuming. Go into a different room for 20 minutes after you vacuum to avoid any stirred-up allergens.

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