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Think You Don't Have Allergies? Here's A Simple Flowchart To Help You

05/11/2015 12:00 am ET | Updated May 25, 2015

Here’s an all-too-familiar springtime scenario: The sounds of incessant sneezing and coughing echo throughout your office, and the force with which your coworker blows her nose rattles your desk. Peering over the cubicle wall, you see her swollen eyes and ruddy skin.

It’s surprising, then, that after offering to find her an antihistamine or two, your coworker kindly refuses, explaining she doesn’t have allergies and it must just be the sniffles.

Really, Cathy? Really? It’s the beginning of April and there’s an Elm right outside the window and you look like a sneezy, bloated tomato. Why you gotta ignore the allergy-elephant in the room?

Oddly enough, denial is a common, albeit useless, allergy-deterring tactic. But with roughly 50 million people in the U.S. who suffer from allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, it’s probably the most likely culprit for Cathy’s blah-ness.

So if you’re starting to wonder if YOU -- an otherwise unbreakable super-human -- might have allergies, check out the useful flowchart below, created in partnership with Clorox.

Okay, we hate to break it to you, but you probably have allergies. Luckily, Clorox cleaning and disinfecting products will help keep your home free of dust, hair and allergens. Definitely.

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