Tips on how to survive the impending allergy season

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With spring upon us, that means battling allergies for millions of Americans.  The rain begins to fall and the pollen begins to an abundance of pollen in the air.

The symptoms of allergies can range from congestion, sneezing and even headaches, diarrhea and depression.

How do you deal with allergies?  Here are a few tips from Everyday Health to help you battle those pesky allergies:

  • Check the pollen count.  Before you leave for work in the morning, check your phone or the local news station for the pollen count to see just how bad it will be.  Pollen is usually at its peak between 5 to 10 a.m.
  • Shut your windows.  In Florida, we usually dive right into hotter temperatures and have to kick on the air conditioning.  Close the windows to avoid pollen from getting inside your house.
  • Have to go outdoors?  Go on a rainy day.  A good rainy day will wash away the pollen in the area.  Do not go out on windy days, that is when pollen is at its worst.
  • Doing outdoor chores such as mowing?  Once inside remove your clothes and take a shower.  This will rinse pollen from your hair and body.
  • Dry your clothes indoors.  If you use the warm Florida sun to dry your clothes, it’s best to dry them indoors during spring to avoid getting them covered in pollen.
  • Use a high-end air conditioning filter.  When it comes time to replace your AC filter, spend the extra money and get a good high-end filter.  It will trap dust and pollen better than the cheaper less expensive brands.
  • Take care of yourself early.  The best way to stop allergies to prevent them before they even happen with a prescription or over-the-counter medicine.  It is best to consult with your doctor or allergist to see what option is best for you.

These are just a few steps you can take to ensure an enjoyable spring and allergy season.

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