Four easy ways to combat allergies

Achoo – it’s spring allergies!


HOUSTON – Sneezing, a runny nose, watery eyes, itchy ears
and itchy throat are all signs of those miserable springtime
allergies. Some people have had them since they were a
kid; others develop them with time. Regardless of how long
you’ve had them, 2014 is projected to be a tough year, since
the cold weather lasted longer than normal and spring could
be shortened as the weather warms quickly. This will cause
the trees, grass and weeds to pollenate all at once.


1.   Get tested

Knowing what you are allergic to will help alleviate
symptoms if they become too severe. So, visit your
doctor or allergy specialist to find out what
triggering your allergic reaction. Avoiding the allergen
is the best way to alleviate the symptoms.


2.   Watch the news

Pollen counts will soon be part of the everyday weather
forecast, if not already. Check them daily to see if you
should stay indoors. However, that’s not to say you need
to live like a hermit. There are several over the counter
medications to help ease your symptoms, but it is
recommended you talk with your doctor or a pharmacist
first, especially if you have other health problems. If you
have asthma or high blood pressure, you may need to
avoid certain allergy medicines.


3.   Stay insulated

As tempting as it is to open all the windows as the weather
warms, you are letting pollen into the house. It is best to
keep windows and doors closed, as well as your car, and to
use an air conditioner if possible. Be aware that pollen can
also cling to your skin, hair and clothing. Take a shower and
wash your hair right away after extended periods outdoors.


4. Outdoor tips

Reduce allergens by mowing your grass often and to avoid
mold, keep leaves, grass clippings and compost away from
areas close to the house. Finally, you can still enjoy plenty
of color in your garden by planting flowers that have heavy
pollen that doesn’t go airborne, such as dahlias, daisies,
geraniums, roses, snapdragon and tulips.


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