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Bad allergies? Your garden may be to blame

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - If you've has some extra sniffles this year--the problem might be in your backyard. A gardening expert in western Wisconsin says what you plant could be causing your allergy problems.

Skelley said we can blame a prolonged spring for allergy triggers this year, but some flowers in your yard may be irritating your allergies as well. Skelley said many of the "decor flowers", like daisies and chrysanthemums, are the main triggers.

"Certain flowering shrubs might be more irritating. I know a lot of people have a lot of issues with lilacs, which are just about finished now, so those might be things to avoid,” Skelley said.

Skelley said if you still want pretty landscaping, you should opt to plant leafy greens and annuals like begonias. After gardening, she said be sure to wash any exposed skin, as well as your clothing, to help keep the allergens out of your home. 

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