10 Things That May Be Making Your Allergies Worse

See our list of allergy triggers and some surprising reasons why your symptoms might be getting worse. (11 Photos)

Camille Noe Pagn on Mar 17, 2012 at 3:01PM

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10 Things That May Be Making Your Allergies Worse

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Trouble Trigger: Strolling Around the House with Your Shoes On

“Even if you do everything you can to allergen-proof your home, you’re still going to pick up dust, mold and dander on your shoes as soon as you walk out the door,” says Meltzer. And when you wear your shoes in the house, those particles get released into the air, increasing the odds that you'll breathe them in.

Allergy Easer: Take your shoes off the minute you walk in the door, advises Meltzer, and give allergens the brush by wiping the bottoms of your shoes with a damp paper towel at least once a week. Another smart strategy: Lay a doormat at your front door. Together, scientists say these tips can reduce the amount of sneeze-inducing particles in your home -- like dust and dander as well as dangerous chemicals like pesticides and lead -- by more than 50 percent.

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