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14 ways to fight spring allergies

Spring is here and pollens are abounding in the air. Here are 14 ways to fight spring allergies so you can stay healthy and enjoy the outdoors.
Elizabeth Reid, KSL Modified: April 26, 2014 at 5:04 pm •  Published: April 30, 2014

Every year, just when leaves start budding and the air temperature turns friendly, spring allergies threaten to make lives miserable. While it is impossible to rid plants of their pollen, there are many different ways to make spring allergy time easier. Following are over a dozen ideas to help limit the pollen in your life.

Shower every day. If you’re one of those lucky people who can go days without washing your hair, spring is the time to change your habits. The hairs on your body, especially your head, trap pollen and can make allergies more intense. So wash yourself every day if you want an easier time breathing.

Change the air filter. After going through the winter, your air filter needs to be changed in order to help keep the pollen out of your home. Make sure the new air filter in your central furnace/ air conditioner is a quality one; otherwise you could end up aggravating, instead of helping, your allergies.

Close the windows. When temperatures warm up it’s always tempting to bring some of that lovely fresh air inside. But those open windows allow pollen in the house, so close them up. If keeping windows closed is too difficult, then at least check your local pollen count to see when the safest times to open them are.

Wear a dust mask. When working outside, wear a dust mask to help limit your pollen consumption. Yeah, the neighbors might think you look a little funny, but breathing is more important than making fashion statements.

Wear sunglasses. Eyes are especially sensitive to seasonal allergies. Wear sunglasses to block pollen from irritating your eyes.

Remove those shoes. While the traction on shoe bottoms helps with balance, it also makes excellent transportation vehicles for pollen. Take your shoes off as soon as you enter your home to limit pollen spreading throughout the house.

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