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With allergy and cold season in full swing, going outdoors may be unbearable. But many people do not realize that what's on the inside of their homes can cause sinus conditions as well. Although you may clean your home on a regular basis with dusting, vacuuming and changing the linens, what's in your blankets and pillows may be cause for concern.

A new consumer survey from AllerEase, the leading manufacturer of allergen barrier bedding products, revealed that nearly half of Americans (46 percent) report suffering from seasonal and environmental allergies, yet less than 15 percent utilize the remedies most recommended by experts to bring year-round relief.

"People become hyper-aware of allergies when seasons change, but the fact is many people are affected year-round by allergens residing in bedding," said Tracie Oechslein, Brand Manager at AllerEase. "Allergy sufferer or not, we spend a third of every day cheek-to-cheek with a surface that may be causing congestion and disrupting our sleep."

Household allergens such as dust mites live in mattresses and pillows, and enter homes through windows and from clothing and pets. Roughly 20 million Americans are allergic to dust mites, one of the most common causes of year-round allergy symptoms.

It's not enough to wash the sheets weekly. Opt for allergen-free bedding, mattress pads and pillows to rid yourself of sinus congestion. Also, remember not to wear clothes that you've worn outside to bed. 

Source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

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