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Allergy season is upon us

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Allergy season is upon us

Spring is upon us, and we all know what that means: allergies. While the warm weather and the sunshine are great, those dreaded allergies can cause anyone’s day to go from yay to nay. Those of us with seasonal allergies know the feeling of waking up with itchy, watery eyes, a running or stuffy nose, sore throat, and sneezing. When we feel these symptoms start, we head to the drug store to find some sort of relief.

While over the counter medicine can relieve some of your symptoms, they may not help all of them. There are several tiny changes you can make that can make up for what the OTC medicine fails to help. If you are the type of person who likes to be outside a lot, then you probably know just how bad your allergies can get. Luckily, there are a few simple tricks to lessening those effects and getting you back outside in record time.

First, if you handle all of the outside chores like mowing and weed-eating the grass, trimming trees, or planting flowers, then one big thing that will help reduce your allergy symptoms is to wear a dust mask. A dust mask will keep pollen and other allergens that float through the air from getting into your nose and mouth.

Pollen and other allergens can stick to the skin and still cause symptoms, so it is best to remove and wash all clothing and shower as soon as you finish your outside chores. If you are a person you just likes to enjoy the outdoors, then waiting until after a good rain will help your chances of coming into contact with pollen. The rain helps to wash the pollen away and the air is a little more pure after a nice spring rain.

While outdoor allergies can be a real pain, but there are also indoor allergies that can seem unbearable at times. Indoor allergies can include pet dander, dust mites, mold and mildew. Avoidance is always one way to keep your allergy symptoms at bay, but sometimes avoidance just is not possible. Keeping indoor areas clean can help to greatly improve your symptoms.

If pet dander is your downfall, then making sure to keep your pet and their living quarters clean can keep the dander at bay. Making a room of your home a pet free zone can offer you some relief of your allergy symptoms. An air purifier is also a great investment when it comes to indoor allergies. Lastly, investing in hypoallergenic bedding may not be a bad idea. Hypoallergenic bedding has been known to block out allergens.

Taking these ideas and implementing them before allergy season starts can make a world of difference once those seasonal allergies hit.

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