ALLERGY TIPS FROM ANGIE'S LIST
Allergy season is upon us and millions of Americans will battle the triggers that cause itchy eyes, runny noses and asthma attacks. While people may think their homes offer a respite from pesky triggers like dust mites and mold - their fortress may be harboring more harm than they know.
Angie's List (www.angieslist.com), the nation's leading provider of consumer ratings on local service companies, including allergists, recently asked some of its highly-rated physicians for tips on controlling indoor allergies and providing a healthier environment for the whole family.
"It's amazing how many allergens lurk in even the cleanest home, but you can evict a lot of them with a good scrubbing, by changing flooring, or removing furnishings," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List. "But if your allergies are severe, leave the cleaning to someone else and hire a professional cleaning company."
Dust mites are a common trigger for many folks who suffer from allergies. If you're not sure what bothers your respiratory system, consider getting tested by an allergist who can help pinpoint your troubles. According to a nationwide Angie's List poll, 80 percent of respondents suffer from allergies or asthma and 38 percent have tested for allergies to dust mites.
"The best plan of attack for spring cleaning is to make the bedroom your first priority because dust mites love bedding and pillows," Hicks said. "It's the room with the greatest number of dust mites and you spend the majority of your day there. Dust mites also love carpet, so if you have carpet in your bedroom, vacuum regularly."
Angie's List Spring Cleaning Tips for Allergy Sufferers:
*1,050 Angie's List members took this poll. Responses are representative of Angie's List members but not the general public.
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