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Managing Allergies

The Mayo Clinic has offered allergy sufferers some great tips for managing allergies this time of year. Windows are open, cool breezes are flowing, and everything is in bloom. Itchy eyes, scratchy throats, and headaches are just some of the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Are you suffering from allergies now? By following these tried and true tips you'll find some relief.

  • Close windows during high pollen days and nights. Sleeping with the windows open at night may be a treat, especially if you like the sounds of crickets "clicking" and owls hooting, but it can wreak havoc on your allergies. Running the air conditioner may be your best bet.

  • If you've been outside for an extended period of time, put fresh clothes on when inside. Showers even help to remove that extra pollen.

  • Watch the news for forecasted allergies or check your smartphone or the internet. If they are predicting a bad day for allergy sufferers, start taking medication in advance so it has time to kick in.

  • Indoors, use dehumidifiers and HEPA filters and vacuums, taking that extra step against dreaded allergies.

If your allergies have made your life miserable, see your doctor for more treatment options suitable for your exact situation. Spring and summer is some of the most entertaining (and busiest) times of the year, and suffering through allergies is the last thing anyone wants to do.