As the last traces of winter melt away, it's time to ditch the heavy coat and spend more time outside-but it also means unpacking those pesky spring allergies. Rather than suffer through the season, try these tactics to reduce symptoms.
If allergy pills are part of your annual remedy, start taking them before your symptoms begin. This will allow the medication to start working through your system ahead of flare-ups.
Sunglasses aren't just to shield your eyes from harmful UV rays-they will also keep them clear from pollen, which can cause itchiness and redness.
Avoid going outside when the pollen count is at its peak-which is in the evening for spring and summer seasons*. It's even better if you can wait until after a good rain, which will clear the air of pollen**.
Even if the T-shirt you wore yesterday looks clean, it could be teeming with pollen. Make sure to put on a fresh set of clothes every day. In the same vein, don't try to cut back on your energy usage by air-drying your clothes and sheets outside-pollen will stick.
Door mats don't just keep floors clean-they also stop allergens in their tracks. Wash mats weekly, and ask guests to remove their shoes when entering your home so dust and mold are left at the door.
Sweeping will only stir up the dust that has settled on your floors. Instead, use a damp mop to trap particles. If your allergies are severe and you have carpet, consider replacing it with hardwood, tile or linoleum-or at the very least vacuuming once a week with a model that features a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
Even though you don't see it, your filter is working hard to fill your home with cleaner air. Opt for the Filtrete™ Allergen Defense Air Filter, which traps microscopic particles such as pollen and pet dander. Remember to switch it out every 90 days for optimum performance.