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Americans: Obsessed with Sleep, but Still Not Well-Rested DUQUESNE, Pa., April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Each April, Americans observe Sleep Awareness Week, but data shows Americans still struggle to get quality sleep. According...

Americans: Obsessed with Sleep, but Still Not Well-Rested

Americans: Obsessed with Sleep, but Still Not Well-Rested

DUQUESNE, Pa., April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Each April, Americans observe Sleep Awareness Week, but data shows Americans still struggle to get quality sleep. According to allergen barrier bedding brand AllerEase, only eight percent of Americans always wake feeling well-rested and four in 10 say their sleep is frequently disrupted during the night.* The CDC also reports over a third of Americans are not getting the recommended seven hours of sleep each night.

ALLERGY SEASON MAKES IT WORSE
Swinging weather patterns are a big trigger for sleep disruption this time of year, according to Dr. Neeta Ogden, a board-certified allergist, and immunologist.

"Rapid weather changes are stirring up pollen and mold which irritate airways and nasal passages," said Ogden. "We had a mild winter, which triggered an early allergy season due to pollen growth and release. This causes symptoms like itchy or irritated eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing, a scratchy throat, and a runny nose that can make it challenging to sleep through the night."

Almost half (48%) of those who suffer from allergies say their sleep is frequently disrupted, yet less than one in 10 heed top treatment recommendations from allergists, like using allergen barrier bedding.

"I recommend fully encasing your mattress and pillows with allergen barrier products, such as AllerEase Ultimate, to combat these symptoms and improve your sleep," added Ogden.

HOT AND SWEATY SLEEP
With summer, too, comes humid conditions that cause sleep discomfort and allow for dust mite and mold growth indoors, exacerbating symptoms. Almost half of Americans say they wake up either too hot or too cold (45%), and 52 percent say they take measures like adjusting their fan, heat, or air conditioner in the night to improve sleep.

"AllerEase Ultimate is ideal for changing weather conditions thanks to its temperature balancing technology," said Ogden. "Its patented technology adjusts continuously to temperature, insulating when you are cool and wicking moisture away when it is warm. It also has antimicrobial protection to inhibit bacteria growth in the fabric."

"Sales of temperature balancing products have tripled in the last two years," said Todd Rankin, AllerEase Director of Marketing. "Through our work with allergy sufferers, we understood that protection and comfort were of high interest. AllerEase Ultimate elevates protection benefits with an anti-microbial finish, and uses our exclusive temperature balancing technology to deliver comfort for better sleep."

Survey methodology:

*Survey data comes from an omnibus survey of 1,015 American adults 18+ designed and conducted online by Finn Partners Research, utilizing an online survey panel, developed by ORC International, between July 30 and August 3, 2015, and a one-time survey fielded to the general population in the United States on April 4, 2016 through April 10, 2016, via Google Consumer Surveys publisher network on behalf of AllerEase and American Textile Company, receiving at least 1,509 responses.

Nearly a Third of Americans are Dismissive of Allergy SufferingFour in 10 Reach for Their Phone in the Morning, Instead of Sniffle-Stopping Remedies Duquesne, PA, May 4, 2016 – In the...
Nearly a Third of Americans are Dismissive of Allergy Suffering
Four in 10 Reach for Their Phone in the Morning, Instead of Sniffle-Stopping Remedies

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Duquesne, PA, May 4, 2016 – In the midst of spring allergy season, a new survey shows Americans are dismissive of allergy symptoms that could be easily treated. Thirty-one percent said they take no action when they wake with allergy or cold symptoms because "it's just allergies."

According to allergen barrier bedding brand AllerEase®, almost six in 10 Americans (58%) report suffering from seasonal or environmental allergies, but less than one in 10 heed top treatment recommendations from allergists - like using allergen barrier bedding to minimize exposure.* Bedrooms are full of surfaces that attract and trap pollen, pet dander and dust mites, which can disrupt sleep and cause sniffling, sneezing, itchy eyes and scratchy throats. Read more →

 

Feeling Tired? Seventy-Five Percent of U.S. Adults are Sleep Disrupted Allergy Specialist, Dr. Neeta Ogden, Says There are Simple Fixes to Improve Sleep Environment Duquesne, PA, September 21, 2015 – Three-quarters of...
Feeling Tired? Seventy-Five Percent of U.S. Adults are Sleep Disrupted 
Allergy Specialist, Dr. Neeta Ogden, Says There are Simple Fixes to Improve Sleep Environment

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Duquesne, PA, September 21, 2015  Three-quarters of U.S. adults (75%) experience occasional to frequent sleep disruptions, citing causes such as temperature-related discomfort, experiencing allergy symptoms or needing to use the bathroom, according to a new survey from AllerEase. The survey also reveals roughly one in four adults (24%) say they rarely or never wake up feeling well-rested.

That unrested feeling can be caused in part by household allergens lurking in your bed, says Dr. Neeta Ogden, a board certified adult and pediatric allergy and asthma specialist. Many of my patients are surprised to learn that household allergens are more pervasive than outdoor allergens, and can have a real impact on sleep. Read more →

Survey Shows Allergy Sufferers are Losing Out on Sleep, Overlooking Easy Remedies One in 10 Americans heed allergists' advice DUQUESNE, Pa., March 9, 2015 -- As Spring approaches, allergy sufferers are preparing...

Survey Shows Allergy Sufferers are Losing Out on Sleep, Overlooking Easy Remedies

One in 10 Americans heed allergists' advice
DUQUESNE, Pa., March 9, 2015 -- As Spring approaches, allergy sufferers are preparing to manage sniffling, sneezing and watery eyes, but allergens are pervasive in the home year-round, no matter the season. 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 that could 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 the transference from clothing and pets. Roughly 20 million Americans are allergic to dust mites, one of the most common causes of year-round allergy symptoms (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America).

Feeling Slumber-Jacked?

At least one-third (33 percent) of allergy sufferers believe their sleep is being compromised due to symptoms and another third (33 percent) report being congested upon waking or during the day, a symptom often associated with allergens that collect in mattresses and pillows over time. Of those who attempt to minimize allergy symptoms, only 13 percent report washing their bedding frequently and less than one in 10 people (9%) report using allergen barrier protective bedding, a key recommendation by allergists for symptom relief. "The body sheds millions of skin cells every day, many of them in bed - the ideal environment for dust mites," added Oechslein. "Dusting, vacuuming and washing bedding frequently, along with using allergen barrier mattress and pillow protectors can offer relief and better sleep." Roughly seven in 10 Americans (69 percent) report that their mattress is at least four years old or that they don't know the age of their mattress. What's more, younger Americans wash or change bedding less frequently, with those ages 18 to 34 reporting typically washing or changing bedding once or twice a month as opposed to the recommendation of weekly. Over time, an unprotected mattress can accumulate anywhere from 10,000 to 10 million dust mites inside, and actually double in weight after 10 years due to dust mite infestation.

Find Relief

Eighty-five percent of allergy sufferers report some dissatisfaction or uncertainty about their allergy treatments - they are not effective, only somewhat effective, or they don't know if they are effective. Protect yourself and your bedding from allergens, and unwanted crawling friends, year-round with these tips:   - Wash your bedding at least once per week   - Use allergen barrier mattress and pillow protectors from AllerEase   - Vacuum and dust regularly and change filters in your furnace and air conditioner   - Resist the urge to open the windows and opt for air conditioning   - Minimize direct exposure of your pets to your bedding For more information on how household allergens could be affecting your sleep – even those who don't have allergies – and how to protect your bedding from the buildup of dust mites, dust, pet dander and more, please visit www.aller-ease.com. *Survey methodology: One-time survey fielded to the general population in the United States on 1/29/15 via Google Consumer Surveys publisher network on behalf of AllerEase and American Textile Company, receiving at least 1,040 responses.

About AllerEase

AllerEase® is the leading brand of allergen barrier bedding. With technically advanced fabrics and construction, AllerEase bedding prevents allergens from settling in your mattress, pillow and other bedding, where it can collect over time and aggravate allergy symptoms. Available in pillow and mattress protectors, mattress pads, pillows and comforters, all products are third-party lab tested and have the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. AllerEase is a simple and convenient solution to reduce exposure to allergens and provide a clean bed and comfortable night's sleep. Visit www.aller-ease.com for more information.

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  We are pleased to officially announce the launch of the new AllerEase logo. This is an exciting evolution of the AllerEase brand – a brand that consumers have come to...
  We are pleased to officially announce the launch of the new AllerEase logo. This is an exciting evolution of the AllerEase brand – a brand that consumers have come to trust to help them protect where they sleep. The redesign of our logo and update to our brand promise – “Easy. Clean. Relief.” – comes after research that helped us better understand the allergy market and identify the consumers who seek the solutions offered by AllerEase. We found that in addition to allergy sufferers who have long trusted the ability of AllerEase to block dust mites, pollen and dander from getting into their bedding, women without allergies – and predominantly women who are moms – are seeking ways to keep their homes clean and fresh. Our new logo was designed to appeal to this audience, communicating to them that AllerEase allergen-barrier bedding can enhance their lives while protecting their families and their bedding. We’re pleased to share that the feedback we’ve received about the logo through focus groups and in-store tests is confirming that the market is ready for a fresh, new AllerEase.  I’d like to extend our thanks to the marketing team and others who helped us achieve this milestone, as it was a long journey from customer meetings at 2011 Fall Market to this launch. We appreciate your passion and commitment. In conjunction with the launch of the new logo, we have updated our website. It offers easy navigation, helpful information and quick access for consumers to buy the AllerEase products they need in their homes. You’ll soon see the new look and feel of the AllerEase brand in our social media properties – Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest – and on our new packaging and sales support materials as we roll out this fresh, new look to our customers and consumers everywhere throughout 2013. I hope you’ll take a moment to become familiar with the new Aller-Ease.com and share in our excitement about our brand and its role in helping families create homes that are cleaner and fresher.
  August 1, 2012   Allergen-Barrier Bedding Trades in Whites for Colors To Marry Function with Style   American Textile Company has introduced the Aller Ease (www.aller-ease.com) Color Comforter Collection, bringing style to high-performance allergen-barrier...
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Allergen-Barrier Bedding Trades in Whites for Colors To Marry Function with Style

  American Textile Company has introduced the Aller Ease (www.aller-ease.com) Color Comforter Collection, bringing style to high-performance allergen-barrier bedding that dresses the top of the bed and works with basic bedding to create a fresher, cleaner sleeping environment. The Aller Ease Color Comforters, available in ivory, black and blue, and matching shams help prevent allergens such as dust mites, pollen, pet dander and other particles from collecting in your bedding and triggering allergy or asthma symptoms. Basic bedding and allergen-barrier comforters and duvets are typically available only in white, a limiting décor choice for the one out of four Americans who suffer from allergies. And, with more than 50 percent of homes having more than six detectable allergens, allergen-barrier bedding that offers a touch of style to the bedroom is a welcome introduction. “Allergen-barrier bedding is a necessity for anyone who suffers from allergies or wants a fresher bed, but there’s no reason to sacrifice style for solution,” said Mette Odom, vice president of marketing at American Textile Company, whose core Aller Ease allergen-barrier products include mattress and pillow encasements, pillows and comforters. “The Aller Ease Color Comforter Collection is the perfect coordinate to allergen-barrier basic bedding, blocking allergy triggers and ensuring a more restful sleep,” Odom said. The Aller Ease Color Comforters are available in twin through king sizes and feature soft, microfiber fabric with a tonal-embossed strip and a three-inch gusset on the side for a sumptuous feel. The comforter is filled with hypoallergenic polyester fiber and has a sewn-through design that maintains an even distribution of fill and prevents cold spots.

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July 26, 2012   New AllerEase Bedding Creates Healthy Back-To-School Sleep Environment As college students make their dorm-room decorating checklists of lap tops and study props, they’re also checking it twice...

July 26, 2012  

New AllerEase Bedding Creates Healthy Back-To-School Sleep Environment

As college students make their dorm-room decorating checklists of lap tops and study props, they’re also checking it twice to make sure they’ll be equipped with the essentials that will keep their student housing sleep zones fresh and healthier. “Combatting indoor allergens, and in some instances even bed bugs, in dorm rooms is top of mind for students selecting bed linens for their college dorm rooms,” said Mette Odom, vice president of marketing for American Textile Company, which says it sees a spike in its sales each August of AllerEase mattress encasements in extra-long twin – the standard-size mattress found in most dorm rooms. Dorm rooms can be old, cramped and have poor air circulation, which can be a breeding ground for allergens such as pollen and dust mites that can cause sleepless nights, fatigue and grogginess. As a result, many parents arm their college-bound children with the tools they need to combat those environmental circumstances. “I know that college is going to be a big transition for my daughter as she comes out of high school, and I want to prepare her with strategies for a healthy lifestyle – that includes getting a good night’s sleep,” said Tami Hood of North Carolina, whose daughter, Hayley, is shopping for items for her freshman dorm room at the University of North Carolina. “I can’t control what time she’ll go to bed, but I can give her basic bedding that will block the indoor allergens that I know leave her stuffy in the morning,” Hood said. “It’s a start toward helping her develop a healthy sleeping routine, which goes hand-in-hand with a successful first year.” Home experts advise parents to include two important basic bedding elements in their back-to-school shopping to create a healthy dorm room environment:

  • Allergen-protection bedding –Allergens found in older dormitory mattresses and bedding interfere with breathing and cause fragmented sleep patterns instead of the continuous deep sleep that allows people to perform their best when they wake. Allergen-barrier mattress encasements cover the entire mattress – not just the top – to provide complete protection from the smallest microscopic particles, including dust mites and pollen that collect in the bedding and can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. Some allergen-barrier basic bedding also blocks bed bugs, which have made a re-emergence in recent years in hotels, homes and dorm rooms. Read packaging to determine which encasements are specially-designed to prevent infestation.
  • Washable pillows– Experts recommend replacing pillows every two years, and heading off to school is an ideal time to start fresh. Once purchased, pillows should be cleaned frequently to rid them of the dust mites that like the warm environment, so a washable pillow is a must. A new pillow from AllerEase withstands hot water up to 120 degrees without losing its allergen-barrier effectiveness; plus, the pillow is made witha fill that re-fluffs after everywash, so it’s well suited to the rigorous washing needs of college dorm room living. The Hot Water Washable Pillow continually combats germs and bacteria without losing its allergen-barrier effectiveness, shape and softness for college students.

  “Parents want to make sure they create a healthy sleeping environment for their children at their college home away from home, and basic bedding is one step toward ensuring their children wake refreshed and alert for class, exams and their daily campus routine,” Odom said.  

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June 18, 2012   Aller Ease has announced the winners in its Rest Assured Sweepstakes, recognizing three contestants for their household cleaning tips from among the 2,000 entries of unique and time-saving...
June 18, 2012   Aller Ease has announced the winners in its Rest Assured Sweepstakes, recognizing three contestants for their household cleaning tips from among the 2,000 entries of unique and time-saving suggestions “Providing a clean, fresh home environment is important to keep your family healthy,” said Mette Odom, Vice President of Marketing for American Textile Company, which makes Aller Ease bedding. “We strive to help families create this environment by offering smart bedding solutions and acting as an education resource. We were excited that so many consumers were willing to share their own cleaning tips.” Alena Cossey of South Bend, Ind., was the grand-prize winner of the Rest Assured Sweepstakes. She takes home a $1,000 Southwest Airlines gift card and an Aller Ease allergen-barrier bedding prize pack for her tip for using fresh mint and juiced lime to clean a coffee maker. “I was thrilled to win the Rest Assured Sweepstakes,” said Cossey, who loves developing new and natural cleaning solutions to keep a healthy home environment for her family. “I’ve already booked round-trip tickets for my two nieces who live in Seattle to visit me for a month this summer – I don’t see them often, so this is exciting. I also plan to take a special trip for myself in the next few years.” Cossey and the two runner-up winners, Pam Glover and Jenny Kuhtz, received a collection of basic bedding to help get a good night’s sleep thanks to the allergen-barrier bedding protection. It was a much-needed sleep solution for Glover. “At night my allergies are so bad that I breathe through my mouth because of nasal congestion,” said Glover of Southaven, Miss. “After using the Aller Ease bedding I haven't had trouble breathing in bed. The pillow and mattress encasements and the Hot Water Wash pillows help me get a better night’s sleep, and I have recommended it to my family and friends.” Each winner in the Rest Assured Sweepstakes received complete bedding solutions to create fresher beds, including: two pillow encasements for protection from bed bugs and allergens, such as dust mites and pollen, that can trigger allergies; two mattress encasements for allergy, bed bug and waterproof protection; and two Hot Water Wash pillows for allergy protection and can with stand the high temperatures of a washing machine and re-fluff to like-new condition after every wash. “I suffer from indoor and outdoor allergies, so I was excited to win the Aller Ease prize pack,” Cossey said. “I put the bedding to use right away, and I love the Hot Water Wash pillows. Not only do they keep their shape but they also conform to your body.” The Hot Water Wash Collection is a new introduction from Aller Ease; it’s an evolution of a popular machine washable collection suited to allergy sufferers and anyone seeking to create a better sleep environment and fresher home. “As a mother with a four-month old, I strive to vacuum and dust as much possible to keep a clean environment for my baby,” said Kuhtz, who lives in Rockford, Mich. “I was happy to be a contest winner and look forward to using my Aller Ease prize pack.”    

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Aller-Ease® Bedding Offers Exceptional Freshness, Re-fluffs After High-Temperature Wash May 14, 2012 Allergy sufferers and comfort seekers alike have a cleaner, more comfortable solution for a good night’s sleep with the new...
Aller-Ease® Bedding Offers Exceptional Freshness, Re-fluffs After High-Temperature Wash May 14, 2012
Allergy sufferers and comfort seekers alike have a cleaner, more comfortable solution for a good night’s sleep with the new Aller-Ease® Hot Water Wash Collection of basic bedding. Made with the distinctive Aller-Ease allergen-proof fabric that filters 95 percent of allergens, the pillow, mattress pad and comforter can withstand a hot water wash to combat the germs and bacteria that can collect in bedding. The Hot Water Wash Collection is an evolution of the Aller-Ease washable bedding collection, a soft and quiet allergen-barrier collection whose pillowfeaturesa unique construction thatre-fluffsto like-new condition after every wash. Traditional fiber filled pillows with a “wash and dry” care label often clump or flatten after laundering. “Washing your bedding regularly is a critical step in fighting allergens in the home, and using hot water to wash all your basic bedding pieces offers an extra benefit that ensuresa cleaner, fresher sleeping environment,” says Mette Odom, vice president of marketing for American Textile Company. “The Hot Water Wash Collection is ideal for allergy sufferers or anyone seeking a fresher sleep environment but doesn’t want to sacrifice comfort.” The Aller-Ease Hot Water Wash Collection can sustain washing in temperatures up to 120 degrees to combat germs and bacteria without losing its allergen-barrier effectiveness, shape, softness and pleasing appearance. Most basic bedding care and cleaning instructions recommend cold water wash, and typically does not perform well after washing.
The combination of the tightly-woven cotton-blend allergen-barrier fabric and the hot water washing capability prevents allergens such as dust mites, pollen,pet dander and other particles from collecting in your mattress and triggering allergy or asthma symptoms to ensure a healthier sleep environment. In addition, the bedding’s features also help create a sleep environment that is more comfortable. The pillow’s fiber fillre-fluffs after every wash, and because it’s available in medium, firm and extra firm supportit suits side, back and stomach sleepers. The comforter is filled with hypoallergenic polyester fiber and has a sewn-through design that maintains an even distribution of fill and prevents cold spots. And, the mattress pad features a quilted design and a top layer for maximum allergy protection and comfort. The fabrics in the Hot Water Wash Collection have been designed and testedto meet the rigorous cleaning demands needed to create a fresh sleep environment, and it is backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal's 2-year limited warranty. The Aller-Ease Hot Water Wash collection includes pillows in full/queen and king sizes, and comforters and mattress pads in twin, full, queen and king bed sizes. They can be found at http://shop.aller-ease.com/or a retailer near you.  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DUQUESNE, Pa., March 9, 2010 – Nearly 98% of allergists recommend protective bedding as the number-one way to minimize indoor allergy symptoms, according to a recent Braun Research...
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DUQUESNE, Pa., March 9, 2010 – Nearly 98% of allergists recommend protective bedding as the number-one way to minimize indoor allergy symptoms, according to a recent Braun Research survey, conducted on behalf of Aller-Ease1. In addition to protective bedding, allergists also recommend antihistamines (96%), air conditioning (88%), air purifiers (80%) and diet modifications (26%). Virtually all beds are host to an entire world of invisible allergens. Although most people are unaware of this fact, allergists are all too familiar with the symptoms associated with these unseen bedfellows. That’s why they recommend protective bedding as the first line of defense. “Combating allergy symptoms usually involves a combination of treatments, including allergen protective bedding for those with indoor allergies. Beds can be a hotspot for accumulation of many common indoor allergens such as house dust, dust mites and pet dander,” said Clifford W. Bassett, M.D., Medical Director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York. The study also showed eight-in-10 allergists (82%) agree that beds and pillows begin accumulating allergens immediately after purchase2, so covering your mattresses and pillows is important, even if they’re new. “Most patients suffering from indoor allergies don’t realize that their bedrooms may contribute greatly to their ongoing allergy symptoms, so encouraging them to manage their indoor environment is important,” notes Bassett.  
These findings are of particular interest to the more than 60 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies.3 The effects of seasonal allergies, on top of symptoms from common indoor allergies, can make spring exceptionally miserable. Plus, this season may be particularly difficult for allergy sufferers as weather forecasters are predicting that El Nino weather patterns are likely to cause increased plant growth and tree pollens in some parts of the country.4 “While this spring may prove to be one of the worst allergy seasons ever, I like to offer practical solutions that are useful for patients all year round, especially if they suffer from both indoor and seasonal allergies,” says Bassett. “I often suggest trying allergen protective bedding because it blocks microscopic particles, which collect in bedding and invade our ‘breathable’ space.” Allergy sufferers say they like Aller-Ease protective bedding because they filter allergens, yet they’re soft, cool and quiet, allowing them to sleep comfortably and wake feeling refreshed. Dr. Bassett also recommends the following tips to prevent allergen accumulation in the bedroom and around the house:
  1. Encase your mattress, box spring and pillows in highly effective allergen barrier covers, such as Aller-Ease protective bedding products.
  2. Wash bed linens weekly in 130-degree Fahrenheit water.
  3. Consider traveling with your pillow protector to help minimize symptoms in hotels or while on the road.
  4. Minimize dust collecting clutter, such as drapes, rugs and plush toys from the bedroom and other areas of your home.
  5. Place non-washable plush toys in a zip-lock bag and put them in the freezer for 3-5 hours every week to kill off any dust mites.
  6. Air-conditioner filters should be changed frequently during the allergy season.
  7. Use a low cost home hygrometer to help keep humidity below 50 percent, as dust mites thrive in higher humid environments.
  8. Use easy-to-clean hardwood, tile or linoleum flooring instead of carpeting.
  9. If you do have carpeting, use a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter to reduce airborne dust.
  10. Shampoo hair nightly and change clothes before entering the bedroom to avoid transferring outdoor pollens into your bed.
___________________________________________ 1 Allergist Survey – Braun Research, Nov. 2009 (n=351; +/-5%) 2 Allergist Survey – Braun Research, Nov. 2009 (n=351; +/-5%) http://www.sdihealth.com/disease-tracking/allergies-asthma.aspx http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/90day/fxus05.html; http://www.newswest9.com/Global/story.asp?S=11861738

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