Precautions for Pesky Allergens

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, nearly 40 million Americans have allergies. While spring is usually considered the peak season, sufferers can experience attacks any time of year.

The most common offenders are pollen and trees (ash, beech, cedar, elm, maple, oak, palm and pine) as well as grasses, weeds, and dust. While it’s hard to completely avoid seasonal substances, you can alleviate some of the symptoms.

  • Stay indoors whenever possible — especially when the pollen count is high (usually in the mornings).
  • Keep outdoor allergens from coming inside. Ward off airborne allergens by shaking your jacket outside, leaving your shoes at the entryway, and washing your hair frequently.
  • Vacuum seal your home. Keep doors and windows shut whenever possible, fill in cracks and areas where pollen can find its way in, and seal all leaks.
  • Install an air purifier. Keep your home and work environment dust free by filtering the air.
  • Watch out for your furry friends. Pollen and dander can get trapped on your pet’s fur and paws. Brush them frequently and keep a basin of water at your doorway to rinse their feet clean.

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