A woman spreads a sheet over a bed.

I f you have seasonal or year-round aller­gies, reducing your contact with triggers, especially inside your home, is one of the first steps experts recommend for controlling your symptoms. 

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And whether or not you have allergies, limiting allergens in your home may also cut your exposure to problematic chemicals.

2016 analysis published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology found that house dust may contain potentially harmful substances, such as phthalates and flame retardants.

To see our tips, hover your cursor over the orange circles in each area of the house illustration below. 

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the April 2019 issue of Consumer Reports On Health.