Spring has sprung and flowers aren't the only thing popping up. Seasonal
allergies, or hay fever, normally make a comeback this time of year. Itchy
eyes, nose, throat or ears, sneezing, congestion and runny nose are all
symptoms of exposure to allergens such as pollen and mold. And they can
make enjoying the outdoors not so enjoyable. Keep your allergies under
control with these seven tips that will help reduce triggers.
Mowing the lawn and gardening stir up allergens. Wear a dust mask if you
can’t skip these honey-dos.
Avoid going outside during times when pollen and mold levels are high.
The best time to go out is after a good rain.
Allergy medications work best when taken before the pollen season or your
Remove clothes you've worn outside and don't hang clean laundry
outside — pollen can stick to sheets and towels.
Keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier.
Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your air-conditioner.
Clean floors often with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter.
Remember to see your physician regularly and if your allergy symptoms persist
or last for many months, check with your doctor to explore treatment options.