Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Seven tips to beat spring allergies

Spring has sprung! And with it comes allergies galore. How do you know it’s allergies and not a cold? The most noticeable difference is that, while a cold will commonly last less than two weeks, allergies will drag on as long as you’re exposed to whatever it is you’re allergic to.
Here are some tips and tricks to make your allergy season a little more bearable. And if you’re still not feeling well, you can always come see us at IUC.
  1. To avoid allergens, simply keep your windows closed while you’re inside.
  2. Take a shower when you come in from the great outdoors to wash off any potential pollen that’s made you its home.
  3. Wash your clothes and bedding as often as possible. Allergens tend to stick to fabrics, and you can easily track them inside.
  4. Drive with the windows up to avoid pollen-laden air.
  5. If your pet spends time outside, keep it out of your bedroom to avoid any pollen it may bring in on its fur.
  6. Pollen is at its peak in the morning, between 5AM and 10AM, so avoid the outdoors during those hours.
  7. Treat any potential symptoms before you go outside. Speak with your doctor to determine which over-the-counter or even prescription medications could help you.
Do you have any tips of your own to share? We’d love to hear from you!

Photo credits: OakleyOriginals / / CC BY; James Gathany / / Public Domain Mark 1.0

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