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Living with Seasonal Allergies

Allergies or allergic rhinitis, flare up when you breathe in allergens like dust, animal dander, or pollen. It is a condition that affects 50 million Americans each year. As spring arrives, we are all eager to open the windows, drive the open road with the windows rolled down and let in the fresh spring air.  But before we reach for the window, be sure to keep your allergies in mind.  While the breeze may feel nice, it brings pollen in with it leaving your home or car littered with the stuff that makes you sneeze.  Allergies are common, but here are some lesser-known facts about their causes and how to treat them. Instead of opening all the windows, use your air conditioner.  Using the A/C can reduce exposure to pollen while keeping your space cool and comfortable. Do spring cleaning by moving furniture around allowing you to vacuum and mop floors to remove dust and pollen. Pets are common carriers of pollen and need frequent bathing to reduce dander, pollen, and shedding hair, especially if they roam around outdoors. Spring cleaning, decreased exposure to the outdoors and prescription or over-the-counter medications, such as antihistamines, are the best way to combat seasonal allergies.  Find out exactly what is sparking them, take charge, and reduce your exposure to the allergen when possible.  Make an appointment to see your doctor for any persistent allergy symptoms that do not respond to over-the-counter medications.  Be sure to address your allergies, so you can make the most of this beautiful time of the year!  The Nurse.

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