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Spring Time Nemesis: Allergies


Most people are thrilled spring is here. The weather is warming up, birds are chirping and the flowers are in bloom. For others, spring can be bittersweet, especially if you suffer from allergies.

The following tips from Hoechst Marion Roussel Inc. will help get you going when allergies are a drag.

1. To reduce pollen exposure during high pollen season, plan a vacation to a place that has low pollen counts, such as the beach or the mountains.

2. Do not dry clothing and bedding outside on a clothesline where pollen can stick to them as they dry.

3. Wash your hair before going to bed during the pollen season. This removes any pollen that may have accumulated in your hair during the day so that you will not be in contact with it while you sleep.

4. When planning outdoor activities, remember pollen exposure is the highest during the midday and afternoon.

5. If you are allergic to pollen and have a pet, it is best to keep it either inside or outside during high pollen season, as opposed to letting it go in and out periodically. Pollen can stick to animal fur and it can easily hitch a ride into your house.

6. To reduce irritation during pollen season, do not wear contact lenses. Pollen grains can become trapped underneath lenses. Eyeglasses may be a better choice.

7. When ordering a drink during allergy season, remember alcohol stimulates mucus production and dilates vessels, worsening runny nose and nasal congestion.

8. To reduce nasal congestion without the use of medication, sleep with your head slightly elevated.

9. It is important to see your physician about treatment options for seasonal allergic rhinitis.

10. Before leaving for a summer vacation, remember to fill any prescriptions and to carry any allergy medications along with you.


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