6 ways to prevent and control seasonal allergies

Spring is an exciting time! The weather grows warmer, animals emerge from hibernation and flowers grow and bloom. But if you suffer from seasonal allergies this time of year may not seem so exciting.

DandelionsDander, dust, plant pollen and other particles can enter the body through the mouth, nose and skin. For some people, these particles trigger a reaction, such as coughing, itching and sneezing; for a few the reaction may be more severe and others may not be affected at all.

If you’re among those affected by seasonal allergies, consider these ways to help prevent and control a reaction. Then you may be able to enjoy spring after all!

  • Clean, dust and vacuum often to control the amount of dust mites in your home.
  • Avoid exposure to pet dander. If you have a bird, cat or dog, keep it out of your bedroom.
  • Check your windows. Pollen can sail through open windows and into your car or home.
  • Replace air filters in your HVAC system at least every three months.
  • Go outside at certain times of day, such as early in the morning or after sunset when pollen counts are lower.
  • Shower after being outdoors. This washes away pollen and other particles that may have collected on your skin, and prevents spreading to bed sheets, clothing and furniture.

References and further reading

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: aafa.org

“Managing Your Seasonal Allergies,” Sanjay Gupta, MD, Everyday Health: everydayhealth.com

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