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5 Ways to Survive This Allergy Season

Allergy season comes with lots of dust and pollen floating around in the air. You may not be able to hide from every single allergen. But you can certainly limit your exposure to them. By implementing these habits, you can expect to feel less frustrated by allergens.

  1. Dress for the season - take a hooded jacket with you when going out. The hood can limit your exposure to dust and pollen in the air. Keep your skin covered as much as possible when allergens are in the air. Wear sunglasses, a hat and a face mask when outside. The face masks can greatly reduce exposure to pollen, dust or other airborne allergens, especially if using a high quality filter.

  2. Dose up on allergy medication - take your allergy medication before leaving home. That way your defenses are already up to combat the dusty pollen.  There are several over-the-counter and natural options available. Choose one that has the least side effects. Slow-release medications are great if you plan to spend extensive time in the presence of allergens. However, if you need immediate relief, go for the regular over-the-counter meds.

  3. Dehumidify your surroundings - Allergens thrive when the surroundings are humid, so use a dehumidifier. You may not be able to get rid of every trace of allergens, but you'll get much of it out. Check your local home goods store for a suitable dehumidifier. Be sure to note the size of your room so you’ll have it handy when shopping. Also make note of the type of furniture in your surroundings. Letting in as much natural air as possible helps in the dehumidifying process. When a room is closed off from the outdoors, it may be easier to become humid.

  4. Wash Clothes and Bedding Frequently. Wash bedding weekly in hot, soapy water. Be sure to dry your clothes in a dryer and not an outdoor clothes line. Limit close contact with pets that have been outdoors for prolonged periods of time. When you get back indoors, immediately remove the clothes and shower to rinse off the pollen from your body.

  5. Change your sleeping habits - Consider these sleeping routines that are ideal for combating allergens: Changing your pillows every 3-6 months limits your exposure to house dust mites. These are known to trigger allergic reactions. Keep your pillowcases clean. Did you know that using the same pillowcases for more than 3 days increases your exposure to dust? It's a good idea to allow natural air into the room, but not during the nighttime. While your body is asleep you're unable to limit exposure to allergens from outside. Keep the windows closed or avoid sleeping directly below them.

These tips should help make allergy season more bearable for you. Don't let pollen chase you out of the great outdoors.

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