6 home hazards that only allergy sufferers will understand

It's not just pollen that can cause problems - and escaping indoors isn't always the solution

Many of us suffer from hay fever in summer. We often come inside to escape the pollen that is flying around in the air. But what of those who suffer just as badly indoors as they do outside? With all the chemicals we're exposed to nowadays in cleaning products and washing powders, plus so many processed foods, it's no wonder that many of us are developing allergic reactions. If you, or a loved one, are feeling constantly sneezy, here are some hazards to watch out for...

1. Dust mites
Dust mites breed in dust, so keep on top of your cleaning, particularly in areas where you spend a lot of time. Hard wood floors can help, as they are more easily cleaned than carpet.

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2. Pets
We're a nation of animal lovers, so this is a hard one for people who would love to have a pet. Cat allergies are the most common, followed by dog allergies.

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3. Bedding
Look out for anti-allergy pillows and duvets, and wash your bedding regularly.

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4. Flowers and house plants
Even cut flowers can trigger a reaction. The good news is that allergy sufferers are often tolerant of daffodils, crocuses and cactuses.

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5. Food
These allergies can be potentially very dangerous, especially nut allergies, but fish and shellfish are also common triggers. Get tested if you suspect you have a problem with certain foods.

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6. Washing powder
Itchy skin? If you've recently changed your washing powder, consider trying another one or switching back to one you know.

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Got any allergies that drive you mad? How do you deal with them?