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How To Allergy-Proof Your Home For Fall
Date:9/2/2008

Celebrity Allergy Sufferer Finola Hughes Offers Tips to Reduce Allergens

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- As autumn approaches and days cool down, folks begin preparing for the inevitable shift to more home-based activities.

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For the 62 million Americans who suffer from indoor allergies and asthma, the warmth of home may be anything but comforting. Summer air can draw scores of dust and allergens into heating ducts, curtains, bedding and carpets -- all of which unleash their fury with the first blast of heat from your furnace.

Now is the time to prepare. Just ask allergy sufferer Finola Hughes, daytime Emmy Award-winning actress who hosts the Style Network's, "How Do I Look?"

"Updating your wardrobe for fall is typically a given, but many people overlook the importance of making changes to their homes for the coming months," says Hughes. "For me, allergy-proofing is essential. Otherwise, I find that my eyes are constantly itching, I'm sneezing, and even worse, I'm often tired throughout the day."

To allergy-proof your home, Hughes recommends starting with the bedroom since it's where people spend the majority of their time. She says simple tips like washing sheets weekly in hot water and removing dust magnets like books and clutter have made a significant difference in her health as an allergy sufferer.

It's also important to keep pets out of the bedroom. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, a whopping 100 percent of U.S. households have detectable levels of dog and cat dander.

Hughes also suggests encasing your pillows and mattresses with allergen-barrier protectors, like Aller-Ease(R) allergen filtration products. Hughes prefers the Aller-Ease brand because it carries products made with cotton fabric, providing cool comfort and b
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