tips to relieve seasonal allergy

Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

-- do not rake leaves, as this stirs up molds.

-- keep your car windows closed when traveling.

-- do not hang sheets or clothing out to dry. Pollens and molds may collect in them.

-- minimize early morning activity when pollen is usually emitted between 5-10 a.m.

-- take medications prescribed by your allergist regularly in the recommended dosage.

-- do not mow lawns or be around freshly cut grass. Mowing stirs up pollens and molds.

-- do not take more medication than recommended in an attempt to lessen your symptoms.

-- take a vacation during the height of the pollen season to a more pollen-free area, such as the beach or sea.

-- do not grow too many or overwater indoor plants if you are allergic to mold. Wet soil encourages mold growth.

-- try to stay indoors when the pollen count or humidity is reported to be high, and on windy days when dust and pollen are blown about.

-- keep windows closed at night to prevent pollens or molds from drifting into your home. Instead, if needed, use air conditioning, which cleans, cools, and dries the air.