1. 7 Strategies to Outsmart Spring Allergies-And Actually Enjoy the Season
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  • 7 Strategies to Outsmart Spring Allergies

    February 01, 2018

    Tips to face pollen, dust and mold head-on this season.

    • 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.

    • Be proactive.

      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.

    • Protect your peepers.

      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.

    • Know the numbers.

      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**.

    • Change your clothes.

      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.

    • Allergens not welcome.

      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.

    • Ditch the broom.

      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.

    • Get the right 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.