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5 Seasonal Allergy Remedies

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More Ways to Get Allergy Relief

Pet Owners, Beware

Furry friends can trigger seasonal sneeze fests. People with allergies, such as to pets and dust mites, reacted to ragweed pollen sooner and more severely than others, a study in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology found. Scientists say that exposure to one allergen, like pet dander, makes your system more likely to react to a second irritant, like pollen.

6 Ways to Clear the Indoor Air

  1. Keep your windows shut. You may think you are letting in a refreshing breeze, but an open window also invites allergens into your home.
  2. Change furnace and air conditioner filters every three months. Replace them with high-efficiency versions that trap small particles in dust and the pollen that may be circulating in the air.
  3. Relocate plants. Houseplants may be a breeding ground for mold, a possible irritant that can worsen your allergy symptoms. Keep them in an open space, such as your living room.
  4. Strip down. Pollen can hitch a ride on your duds and be deposited throughout your home. Change your clothes as soon as you walk through the door.
  5. Wash your hair before bed. If you skip the suds, any pollen stuck to your strands will accumulate on your pillowcase. To be safe, wash bedding in hot water at least once a week.
  6. Skip air fresheners. Tiny particles from air fresheners can irritate your respiratory tract, making allergies worse.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2011.


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lisastech wrote:

Be sure that the water for the Neti Pot is distilled water as that is the only one that is safe.

5/3/2014 09:04:34 AM Report Abuse
lisastech wrote:

The water for the Neti Pot has to be distilled!

5/3/2014 09:03:27 AM Report Abuse
kbh114 wrote:

I'm a natural kind of gal, and you guys had me up until the injection talk. =(

4/15/2012 06:25:03 PM Report Abuse
carlarc2895934 wrote:

Take spoonfuls daily (straight, in your hot tea, in your iced tea, etc.) of local honey. It HAS to be honey locally produced in your area. It's been working wonders for me so far this season.

4/15/2012 12:35:29 PM Report Abuse
rebecca.manor wrote:

Good advice! The only thing I would add is that it is important to use sterilized (bottled) water in the Neti pot. Two people have died from brain infections resulting from using contaminated tap water. So when you pick up your Neti Pot, grab some bottled water as well!

4/14/2012 07:23:05 AM Report Abuse

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