Achoo! Dealing With allergies


Although it is impossible to avoid triggers that cause seasonal allergies altogether, there are ways to help minimize issues.

  • Do a thorough spring cleaning. Wipe windows, bookshelves, and air conditioning vents that collected dust and mold.
  • Delay early morning outdoor activities. Pollens are usually released between 5 and 10 a.m.
  • Know your local pollen count.
  • If possible, use air conditioning instead of opening windows.
  • When traveling in a car, keep windows up and the air conditioning on.
  • Stay indoors on hot, dry, and windy days when allergens get stirred up.
  • Don’t hang your laundry out to dry. Allergens can collect on it.
  • When mowing the lawn or raking leaves, wear a filter mask.
  • Wash bedding weekly in hot water.
  • Shower and wash your hair every night.
  • Remove visible mold using non-toxic cleaning products such as undiluted vinegar or lemon juice mixed with a pinch of salt.
  • Pay attention to high mold spore counts after heavy rains or in the evening.

Source: American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology

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