Avoid Summer Allergies

For those who suffer from outdoor allergies, a walk in the woods may not sound very relaxing. Planning and taking precautions now can help keep you active this summer. Here are some tips from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: - Don't go out in the early morning and late afternoon, which are peak pollen times. - Keep the windows shut in your home and car to keep out the pollen.

- Use air conditioning. Air-conditioning cleans, cools, and dries the air. A de-humidifier in the bedroom can also help. - Shower at night. Washing your hair can remove pollen that would otherwise be inhaled while you sleep. - Make someone else cut the grass.

You now have an excuse. Mowing the lawn can release pollens and mold into the air, and precipitate allergy attacks. - Vacation at the beach, which is relatively pollen free and lets you enjoy being outside - If necessary, take medication prescribed by your doctor, but don't overdose in an attempt to avoid symptoms.

If you still have problems, another prescription may work better. - Check the local pollen levels online. Days when the pollen counts are low are the perfect opportunity to take an all-day hike or overnight camping trip.


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