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How to Keep Your Allergies Under Control This Season

Keeping allergies under control can be a real challenge! It probably feels like you're allergic to everything. Walking around sniffling, sneezing, and rubbing your eyes due to allergies is frustrating. And that's why it's time to find a way around it. Try to be proactive and make your environment as suitable for you as possible.

Try these tips to help you make it through allergy season:

1. Dress for the season. Typically, the "allergy season" comes with lots of dust and pollen floating around in the air. If you dress for the season, you can limit the impact of allergens.

• Take a hooded jacket with you when going out. If you're attending an outdoor event, the hood can limit your exposure to dust and pollen in the air.

• You've probably overlooked the fact that allergens make it to the surface of your skin. And it's pretty easy for them to get into your air passages. Keep your skin covered when allergens are in the air.

2. Dose up on allergy medication. If you feel like you're going to be a victim of allergens, prepare yourself! Take your allergy medications before leaving home. That way, your defenses are already up to combat the dusty enemies!

• There are several over-the-counter options available. Choose one that has the least side effects.

• Choose allergy medication that combats the greatest number of allergens. This is a good strategy since you never know what you may run into.

• Some allergy medications can make you drowsy. If your aim is to watch a concert in the park, avoid these medications. You may end up missing half the show!

• Slow-release medications are great if you plan to spend extensive time in the presence of allergens. However, if you need immediate relief, these aren’t the way to go.

3. Dehumidify your surroundings. Allergens thrive when the surroundings are humid, so use a dehumidifier. You may not be able to get rid of every trace of allergens, but you'll get much of it out.

• Check your local home goods store for a suitable dehumidifier. Be sure to note the size of your room so you’ll have it handy when shopping. Also make note of the type of furniture in your surroundings.

• Letting in as much natural air as possible helps in the dehumidifying process. When a room is closed off from the outdoors, it's easier to become humid.

4. Change your sleeping habits. Consider these sleeping routines that are ideal for combating allergens:

• Changing your pillows every 3-6 months limits your exposure to house dust mites. These are known to trigger allergic reactions.

• Keep your pillowcases clean. Using the same pillowcases for more than 3 days increases your exposure to dust.

• It's a good idea to allow natural air into the room, but not during the nighttime. While your body is asleep you're unable to limit exposure to allergens from outside. Keep the windows closed or avoid sleeping directly below them.

You may not be able to hide from every single allergen. But you can certainly limit your exposure to them. By implementing these habits, you can expect to feel less frustrated by allergens.

Despite the elements around you, it's possible to win the battle with allergies. With some proactive planning and preparation, you can limit the impact of the seasonal elements and enjoy more allergy-free days!

By the Urban Life Center Team

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