5 Seasonal Allergy Remedies
More Ways to Get Allergy ReliefPet 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
- Keep your windows shut. You may think you are letting in a refreshing breeze, but an open window also invites allergens into your home.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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