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: Your Bedroom Rug

The average person spends nine hours a night in their bedroom -- and that’s nine hours to breathe in particles that end up embedded in your carpets and rugs, says Meltzer. “In addition to trapping dust mites, dander and other allergens, these items also hold moisture, making it more likely that you’ll have mold in your bedroom,” he explains.

Allergy Easer: Unless you plan on vacuuming twice a day, stick with rug-free hardwood floors, advises Meltzer. Not willing to part with your carpet? Steam clean your carpets at least every six months to remove symptom-spurring dust mites and mold spores, he says.

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