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Spring Allergy Tips

Spring Allergy Tips

Spring is perhaps the most eagerly anticipated season of the year. The world comes back to life with the fragrance of budding trees and blossoming flowers. As nature begins to bloom, however, it also can cause an increase in allergies. Many people suffer symptoms such as a runny or stuffy nose; itchy, watery eyes; sneezing; sinus pressure; hives; and ear irritation.

While spring allergies are bothersome, they can often be prevented by following some basic guidelines:

  • Minimize prolonged activity outside when the pollen counts are high (especially between 5 to 10 a.m. and on windy days)
  • Keep doors and windows closed and turn on the air conditioner
  • Shower and change your clothes after outdoor activity
  • Vacuum your house several times a week when pollen counts are high; also, wash bedding in hot water weekly

For minor allergies, over-the-counter antihistamines can bring relief. If your allergies persist or interfere with your quality of life, it’s probably time to see a doctor. A physician may administer an allergy skin test to determine what is causing your allergy. Once your allergies have been identified, your doctor will suggest a more comprehensive treatment plan.

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