What’s inside your home could make allergies worse: See what we found

Trees, pollen, and grass, are common triggers for allergy and asthma sufferers, but what’s inside your home could be making your symptoms worse.

15-year old Brenna Lankford of Centerville says she suffers a runny nose, swelling, and headaches from her allergies.

“I got allergy tested and I was allergic to most of the trees and everything, dust, too,” Lankford said.

Her mom, Heather, says it’s important to keep their house spotless.

“It’s hard because she’s the only one in the house who has allergies. We keep her room extra clean and wash her sheets all the time,” said Heather.

Dr. Chuck DeBrosse with the Allergy and Asthma Center of Dayton says indoor allergies can develop over time, and dust mites in your bedding are a big trigger.

“The simplest measures are the allergy encasements that can be placed on pillows and mattresses,” said Dr. DeBrosse.

But not all of them work, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, which tests products and certifies them as allergy and asthma friendly.

Their website lists pillow cover, air purifiers, paint, cleaning products, and even washers and dryers, it has tested and approved.

Heather Lankford was unaware of the product certifications, and says it will make her daughter’s allergy struggles less difficult.

“It would make it easier if it would keep the dust mites out, and keep it cleaner, so she is not sneezing and all puffed up all the time, “ Lankford said.

Rachel Murray is a WHIO-TV consumer reporter. You can watch her reports on News Center 7, follow her on Twitter @RMurrayWHIO, and like her fan page on Facebook.

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