9 Myths About Indoor Allergens

Understanding—and Taming—Your Triggers

Some people suffer from hay fever in the fall or spring. For others, allergy season never ends. Millions of Americans sniffle and sneeze because of an immune reaction to dust mites, animal dander, mold, or other indoor allergens. Learn the truth about common symptom triggers—and how to find relief.


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