Stop suffering from allergies
Blooming flowers and manicured lawns make up the sights of summer, but for many those images are seen through watery eyes. Dr. Philip Halverson, an allergist with Allergy & Asthma Specialists in Minneapolis, Minn., says seasonal allergies affect more than 35 million people.
"There are some simple steps to limit exposure to allergens," he says.
Squelch your sneezes by following these tips:
- Clear your head and alternate attire. Hair and fabric act as a web and trap pollen. To avoid transferring allergens to your pillowcases and sheets, wash your hair before bed and change your clothes. "It's also a good idea to avoid hanging clothes out to dry," Halverson says.
- Skip town. If you just can't shake the scratchy throat, Halverson suggests getting away. "Consider taking a vacation to a more pollen-free area during peak seasons," he says.
- Shut out space invaders. Halverson says it's best to keep the air-conditioning on, and the windows and doors closed during peak pollen seasons. This prevents interloping allergens from making your house and nose their home.
- Hire a landscaper. Avoid raking, yard work and cutting the grass — which can stir up pollen dust and mold spores. "If you do spend time in the yard, wear a mask," Halverson suggests.