May is Allergy Awareness Month

Boy Blowing His Nose into a HandkerchiefI’m sneezing and coughing, my head is clogged, my asthma is kicking in. Oh the glories of springtime!

Don’t get me wrong I do love spring – the grass is turning green, there are flowers everywhere and the birds sing to me, but it does mean that my seasonal allergies will flare up.

If you are suffering like me what can you do to alleviate some of the symptoms?

Here is some helpful advice from the Mayo Clinic to help reduce your exposure to allergy triggers.

To reduce your exposure to the things that trigger your allergy signs and symptoms (allergens):

  • Stay indoors on dry, windy days — the best time to go outside is after a good rain, the buck garden in new jersaywhich helps clear pollen from the air.
  • Delegate lawn mowing, weed pulling and other gardening chores that stir up allergens.
  • Remove clothes you’ve worn outside; you may also want to shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.
  • Don’t hang laundry outside — pollen can stick to sheets and towels.
  • Wear a dust mask if you do outside chores.

The American Academy of Family Physicians for information regarding symptoms, when to see a doctor, causes and risk factors, treatment (including alternative therapies), and preventative measures you can take.

Visit MedlinePlus for more information and links to reputable websites.

Enjoy spring and here’s to your health.

posted by – Susan, Health Reference


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