Health Tip: Help for Hay Fever

Ways to avoid allergy symptoms

HealthDay News -- Although a big part of spring is being outside and enjoying the weather, some allergy sufferers feel the best they can do is to view the outdoors from their bedroom windows.

But if you take the right precautions, you shouldn't have to miss out on all of the outdoor fun, doctors say. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology offers these suggestions:

  • Postpone outdoor activities until later in the morning. Pollens are usually emitted between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.
  • After being outside, leave your shoes outside the door and wash clothes in hot water as soon as possible.
  • When traveling, have the car windows up and the air conditioning on.
  • Don't hang your laundry out to dry. Allergens will collect on them.
  • Do not mow the lawn or rake leaves without a filter mask. Have someone else do the yard work, if possible.
  • Wash bedding weekly in hot water.
  • Shower and wash your hair every night before going to bed.
  • Take allergy medications before symptoms develop.
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