It’s allergy season! Allergy season starts in spring and lasts through early summer.
What is an allergy?
Allergy occurs when your immune system reacts to harmless substances in the environment. Allergies exist in many different forms such as food allergies, skin allergies, house dust mites, pet hair, and many more. But, the most common are seasonal allergies – mold and tree, grass, and weed pollen.
Common symptoms are sneezing, itching, watery eyes, runny nose, and nasal congestion. For some who might have an underlying asthma, they can experience shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness.
How can you prevent allergies or minimize exposure?
Keep windows and doors shut at home and in your car.
Avoid pollen by checking weather reports for pollen count. Levels are usually highest in the morning.
Take a shower and change your clothes after working or spending time outdoors.
Dust mites are everywhere especially on mattresses, pillows, and soft bedding. Wash sheets and pillowcases at least once a week. Wash comforters and bedspreads every one to two months.
There is medication that you can find at your local drug store that can help reduce or control your symptoms.
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