10 Tips to Ease Allergies

Recent mold tests we’re preforming are showing mold counts to be at their highest, over 25,000 in some areas.  With these counts and the recent changes in temperature, here are some tips for ease spring allergies.

1. Check pollen counts.

Before heading out, check the local news or visit the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology’s National Allergy Bureau (aaaai.org/nab) for up-to-date readings. If levels are high, limit your time outside and take allergy medications.

2. Shut the windows.

Good advice for at home and in the car to help keep pollen out. Cool with the air conditioner instead.

3. Move outdoor activities to the afternoon.

Pollen counts are usually highest from 5 to 10 a.m. If you plan to garden, mow the lawn or take on other allergen-stirring chores, wear a mask.

4. Head out on rainy days.

Moisture helps clear pollen from the air. Dry, windy days are more likely to have a lot of pollen.

5. Strip and shower.

After being outside, it’s a good idea to toss your clothes right in the washer and rinse pollen from your skin and hair.

6. Dry laundry indoors.

As nice as the fresh-air smell may be, pollen can cling to your clothes, sheets and towels.

7. Use high-efficiency filters.

They can help keep indoor air cleaner by trapping pollen and other allergens if you use forced air-conditioning or heating systems.

8. Try a neti pot.

Rinsing your sinuses is a quick, natural and effective way to flush out mucus and allergens so you can breathe easier.

9. Run OTCs by your doctor.

Some over-the-counter oral decongestants can cause side effects, including increased blood pressure and insomnia; certain nasal sprays should be used for only a few days. Your doctor or allergist can help determine the best medication for you.

10. Treat early.

Most medications work best if taken before pollen hits the air. Ask your doctor when you should start treatment; some allergists recommend treatment about two weeks before symptoms typically surface.

Always consult with your doctor prior to taking any medication or before following vertain tips which may not be suited for your needs.  Be sure to click here for more info:  AdditionalInfo

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