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Making your bedroom an allergy-free zone

Spring and fall can be a terrible time for allergy-sufferers everywhere, but there's nothing worse than being forced to feel the effects of the seasons inside your own home. For many people, the bedroom is the most offending area in the house, as all of the fabrics and upholstery make it a prime place for allergens to settle in.

If you're tired of waking up each morning with itchy, watery eyes and a stuffy nose, it may be time to invest in the right materials to make your bedroom an allergy-free arena.

Dust and other allergens become trapped within the pillows and mattress that you rest on each night. Keep these areas clean by using hypoallergenic pillowcases and mattress covers, which will prevent these allergens from settling in to stay.

Hardwood floors are the best flooring for allergy sufferers, however if you have a carpet you'd rather not part with, consider getting a HEPA vacuum cleaner. This will help remove dust and other allergens that can become matted deep within the rug, causing a flareup of your symptoms.

Finally, the best thing you can do to protect your home from airborne allergens and other irritants is to invest in a home air purifier. Medical-grade purifiers can help remove over 99 percent of indoor air pollution, which will help relieve your allergy symptoms and allow you to get a full night's rest.