Your home is your domain. In your house, you’re Lord of the manor. You are the King of your castle, aren’t you? Far be it for us to point out that your crib may be less spectacular than King’s Landing, but there are things in your home lurking around every corner, that may be making you sick.

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From bacteria and mold to dust mites, your home’s harmful inhabitants could be the reason you can’t kick that cough. You may even be the catalyst to some of the problems that are taking you out of the game, considering The U.S. Department of Labor’s finding that only 22 percent of men report doing any kind of daily housework.

But don’t worry, your house isn’t out to get you. If you keep catching every cold, flu and virus that swings around the workplace, your house might actually be screaming out to you to look closely at the perils you’re oblivious to every day. It’s time to get as serious about your home as your diet and workout routine. Here are the top eight ways your house, and what’s in it, could be making you sick and how to avoid them.

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