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Surviving Spring Allergies!

“Spring is the time of year for seasonal allergies. As the trees start to bloom and the pollen is released into the atmosphere, allergy sufferers begin their annual ritual of sniffling and sneezing. Each year, 58 million Americans fall prey to seasonal allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as hay fever.”–WebMD

Use these tips to help manage your springtime allergy symptoms:

Know Your Triggers

  • Trees- early spring
  • Grasses- late spring, early summer
  • Molds- midsummer in warmer states, year-round in southern/western states
  • Weeds- late summer

Garden Carefully

  • Avoid exposure to fertilizers and pesticides
  • Do not mow the lawn (have someone mow it for you)
  • Stay away from piles of leaves and branches (possible molds)

Clean Up

  • Use a saline nasal wash
  • Change clothes and wash or shower away pollen

Cool Wisely

  • Use an air conditioner
  • Do not use window or attic fans
  • Avoid humidifiers and swamp coolers (possible molds)

Count Pollens

  • Keep home doors and windows and car windows closed during pollen season (especially when pollen counts are high)
  • Stay inside during afternoons and evenings when pollen levels are highest

Block Wind
Use a scarf or mask on windy days

Take Medication
Consistently take doctor-recommended medicines and treatments
 
**Information provided by National Jewish Health**