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Unique Allergy Season Tips

By Randi Morse

How do you know it's allergy season? When you start to notice friends, family members, and co-workers suffering from runny noses, puffy faces and red eyes. Allergy season can be miserable to experience, especially for those who are extremely sensitive to spores and pollen. There are tons of over-the-counter drugs that promise to lessen the severity of allergy symptoms, but those may leave you feeling groggy. When it comes to allergy season, the best defense is a great offense. 

Avoiding the Problem

Being proactive allows you to avoid the very things that you are allergic to, like spores or pollen. Someone who is allergic to peanuts doesn't expose themselves to peanut products and hope that an over-the-counter drug will help them. No, they actively avoid any sort of peanut product. While environmental allergens are generally not as dangerous as peanut allergies, the idea remains the same; avoid as many allergens as you can. 

Sunglasses

Did you know that the majority of people who deal with hay fever (around 35 million Americans) can do one simple thing to help lessen their allergens? All they need to do is wear sunglasses. Yes, that's it! Think of sunglasses like a shield: they're a barrier between your eyes and any pollen or spores that are trying to get inside of them. If you're susceptible to allergens in the spring or summer months, make sure you wear sunglasses even if it's not sunny out. 

Stay Outside

There's one place that outdoor pollens should be: outside. It's easy to trek outdoor pollens inside, especially if you work outdoors or are doing yard work around your home. The goal is to keep the outdoor pollen and spores outside. If you know you'll be working outdoors, plan ahead. Create a space in your home where you can change your clothes, then either bag the dirty clothes or throw them straight in the washing machine. Ideally you should take a shower as soon as you get inside as well, to ensure that none of those annoying spores or pollen particles follow you inside.

The spring and summer can be brutal for people who suffer from allergens, but your symptoms can be eased greatly with less exposure. The less exposure you have to pollen and spores, the fewer symptoms you will have to deal with. Make use of air conditioners as well. Air conditioners filter out the allergy irritants beautifully, and they have the added benefit of keeping you cool as well!

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