Your 12 worst allergy mistakes

  • Allergies are nothing to sneeze at. Each year in the U.S., allergic reactions account for more than 17 million trips to the doctor, 30,000 emergency room visits, and several hundred deaths, according to a new report. And the report suggests things are getting worse, with sensitivity to mold and ragweed on the rise. And while allergies are prevalent across the nation - affecting one in five of us - they pose a bigger problem in some cities more than others. The <a href="http://www.questdiagnostics.com/brand/business/healthtrends/allergies/docs/2011_QD_AllergyReport_ES-Rx_QUEST.pdf" >report</a>, from Quest Diagnostics, looked at the proportion of citizens showing sensitivity to food, ragweed, mold, dust mites, and cats and dogs in 30 U.S. cities. Keep reading to learn the 12 cities where allergies are most troublesome. Are you living in one of the "dirty dozen?" istockphoto

    Are you making your allergies worse?

    Allergies are the worst. A stuffy nose, itchy eyes, coughing, and other allergy symptoms can make life a misery.

    But is your own cluelessness contributing to the problem?

    From our friends at Health.com, here are the 12 biggest mistakes people make when it comes to allergies, and the smart ways to avoid them. There, don't you feel better already?

  • CBS News Staff

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