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How to deal with Spring allergies?

The Spring season is in and it is time to open up the windows, stack away winter clothes in the box, enjoy the beauty of nature and also head to the pharmacy to buy allergy medicines. The most common allergy triggers are pollen, tree, mold spores, dust mite and pet dander. We can tell you how to beat Spring allergies if you do not want to welcome Spring with stuffy nose, watery eyes and popping in the antihistamine. About 54% Americans have a reaction to at least one allergen. Here are the tips:

Spring cleaning: Clean windows, rooms, air conditioning vents, furnitures, and bathroom – all those things that have collected dust or mold during winter.

Keep windows shut: Pollen season begins as soon as the weather gets warmer for the trees to start budding. Keep the windows shut when the pollen count is high (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Avoid running fans that can bring pollen indoors. Try staying indoors as often as possible. Wear glasses or sunglasses when stepping out as it keeps pollen at bay.

Eat the right food: Bad eating habits can lead to asthma and seasonal allergies. Antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables, nuts, green tea, Omega-3s like fish, walnut, flaxseed, should be consumed.

Shower in the night: Wash your hair before going to bed.

Decrease the humidity levels in the room: Use AC or a dehumidifier to reduce humidity levels in the room. It will put a check on the growth of bacteria and mold spores.

Wash clothes in hot water: Pollens easily stick to fabrics and get transferred to bed sheets, pillow covers and furniture. Wash your pajamas, bedding cover, clothes in hot water. Worn clothes should immediately go into a dryer.

Spring cleaning your closet: Keep clothes in plastic bags and shoes in boxes. Do not use mothballs.

Keep shoes outside: According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, shoes should be kept outside the house. Research suggests 85% of dirt comes with our shoes and pet paws. If you do not want to stay bare feet, wear shoes, socks or flip flops, meant to be worn in the house only. Use synthetic doormats (outside and bathroom) and clean every week.

Change air filters: To reduce dust and increase the efficiency of the air conditioner, change the air filters once in every 3 to 6 months. Electrostatic filters are considered to be best as they can be washed with water when dirty and reused. HEPA filters can also be used, but should be checked every month as it can quickly choke up and obstruct the airflow.

Keep pets away: Pollen can transfer from your pet onto the bed or furniture. Wipe the pet’s fur once he is in.

Follow these tips and prevent spring allergies from taking control of your life.

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