25 Common Things Around You That Make You Ill

You know to cover your mouth when you sneeze and cough, stay away from people who are sick, and wash your hands frequently. Most illnesses, including colds and the flu, are spread from person to person through droplets from coughs or sneezes. But sometimes other things can make you sick. Find out how objects you encounter on a daily basis may be harming your health, and what you can do to stay healthy.

#1 – Pillows

1If you have unexplained allergy or asthma symptoms, you may be surprised to learn that your favorite pillow may be to blame. This is because pillows tend to harbor dust mites, the most common cause of non-seasonal allergies and asthma.

Dust mites feed on flakes of human skin, which can be found deep within your pillows. If you are allergic to the mites and their waste products, they could be the cause of your symptoms.

To reduce your exposure to dust mites, a healthy habit is to cover your pillows with zippered, dust-proof covers to keep any existing mites in and keep new ones out.