How to keep spring allergies in check

Spring flowers (WDTN Photo/Kris Sproles)
Spring flowers (WDTN Photo/Kris Sproles)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Winter is over. Now it is time to start dealing with your allergies.

The spring pollen season peaks in late March to mid-April and runs through May.

The Regional Air Pollution Control Agency says there are ways to make it easy on yourself if you suffer from allergies.

It offers these tips to help lessen your exposure to seasonal allergens:

  • Use an air conditioner and a dehumidifier to keep air clean, cool and dry.
  • Use large, waxy flowers like lilies and tulips to decorate your home. Their pollen is too heavy and sticky to enter the air and cause an allergic reaction.
  • If possible, stay indoors, especially between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. when pollen counts are highest, and on windy days.
  • Keep the windows closed in your home and your car.
  • Avoid mowing and raking.
  • After spending time outdoors, remove shoes outside to avoid bringing pollen indoors. Change your clothes as soon as possible to avoid continued contact with accumulated pollen.
  • Shower after spending extended periods of time outdoors. This will remove built up pollen from skin and hair.
  • Do not hang clothing or sheets outside to dry. They will collect pollen and mold.

RAPCA reports that 35 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies.  It says trees, grasses and weeds have pollen that are easily carried by the wind that make you sneeze, wheeze and itch.

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