Who Knew? Allergy Hot Spots Inside the House

Your houseplants, bathmat and scented candles may be causing a reaction (10 Photos)

Brenda Kearns on Mar 4, 2012 at 4:29PM

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Who Knew? Allergy Hot Spots Inside the House

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Up to 70 percent of potted plants give off allergy-triggering mold spores -- and if you’re inhaling them all night long while you sleep, you could wake up every morning with a sore throat, stuffy nose, dry cough and other symptoms, says Christopher Randolph, M.D., an allergist at Connecticut’s Yale-New Haven Hospital. For a quick fix, move as many of your bedroom plants as possible into other rooms, and consider decorating your sleeping zone with peace lilies, instead. This tropical plant -- with its large, dark green leaves and beautiful white blooms -- actually soaks up airborne mold spores and uses them for nourishment, reducing a room’s mold count as much as 60 percent.

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