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MINIMIZE YOUR ALLERGIES

Changes in seasons bring on allergy problems for many people.   Here are some tips to help fight allergies and reduce the misery they cause.

Over half of Americans (more than 50 million people) are allergic to one or more allergens, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). Because of the lousy, cold-like symptoms that allergies provoke (sneezing, congestion, watery/itchy eyes, runny nose, etc.) allergies may cost Americans close to $8 billion a year in costs related to direct care and lost work productivity.

The good news is that you can take steps to ease allergy discomfort and not have to spend a fortune fighting this battle.

•  Keep your windows closed to keep pollen out (this is especially important from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. when plants release most of their pollen).

•  Use your air conditioner instead of opening windows, and ideally use an air conditioner that has an allergy-reducing HEPA filter in it.

•  Clean your home frequently to reduce pollen, mold, dust and other allergens.

•  Wash your bedding once a week in hot water to help get rid of dust mites and other allergy triggers.

•  Shower before you go to bed. This will help wash away any pollen, mold and other allergens that have accumulated in your hair and on your body.

•  Always wash your clothes after spending time outdoors to remove pollen and other allergens.

Just these few simple alterations could help you find relief from the allergies that make you crazy during seasonal changes.   Check out this article for even more tips and to learn about some cleaning products you can purchase to further assist you with your allergy battle.