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Bad allergies? There is a lot to blame

PHOENIX -- If you've been waking up congested every morning, it might be because you've been sleeping with enemy.

"Dust mites are microscopic insects that live of inside mattresses and pillows that can result in allergy problems, asthma symptoms and eczema symptoms throughout the year," said Dr. Michael Saavedra with Phoenix Allergy and Asthma.

Pets and pollen could also be creating problems if you are prone to allergies.

"If you have pets, when they jump on your bed, they will leave allergen behind," said Saavedra. "Also, a lot of people like to sleep with the windows open at night. This will allow for pollen to enter and be placed on the mattress and the pillow."

Some recommendations to turn your bedroom into an allergy-free zone include:

• Purchase allergy-proof covers for pillows and mattresses. They are used under linens.

• Wash you linens at least once a week in hot water. Dry them in a dryer on hot.

• De-clutter your bedroom.

• Vacuum often.

• Keep windows closed.

• Leave all pets at the door.

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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