Winter doesn't ease the pain of allergies

(NBC) - Spending more time at home during the winter months can be hard on people who suffer from mold, dust, or pet allergies.

But allergists have some simple tips to limit your exposure to these indoor triggers.

Use exhaust fans and dehumidifiers to keep your indoor humidity level between 30 and 40 percent to prevent mold growth, which can cause asthma attacks and breathing problems.

Also, be sure that Christmas trees and decorations are mold-free before bringing them inside. You can do this by spraying them with a hose to remove the dust.

To ward off dust mites, keep carpets clean, floors mopped and regularly wash bed lines and pajamas in hot water.

Experts also recommend upgrading to high-efficient furnace filters, which capture 30 times more allergens.

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