Tips For Minimizing Pesky Allergy Symptoms

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Allergy Symptoms Relief

If you are one of the nearly 35 million Americans suffering from seasonal allergies, then you're probably familiar with the itchy, watery eyes, nasal congestion and sneezing that wreak havoc during the spring and early fall months - common allergy symptoms.

Allergy season spans several months and while you can't avoid triggers all together, it's important to know which allergens are most potent during each season so you can identify the culprits that most affect you and take steps that may offer some relief.

Kris McGrath, MD, from the Division of Allergy-Immunology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital suggests the following tips to help allergy sufferers survive the season.

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Close Your Windows: Lessen the amount of pollens, weeds and molds entering your home by closing windows at night and, if possible, using air conditioning instead to dry and clean the air in your home.

Minimize Outdoor Activity: Until you have your allergies under control, try to minimize the amount of time spent outside when pollen counts are high; usually during early morning or on windy or humid days. If you can, stay away from freshly cut grass and avoid raking leaves which can stir up grass pollen and mold spores.

Take a Shower: Take a shower at night before bed to remove any build-up of pollen collected on the skin and hair during the day.

Protect Your Bedding: Wash bedding regularly to remove any pollen or mold spores that may have collected. And whatever you do, don't line dry.

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