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Tips for battling spring allergies


You may not have experienced allergies in your younger years, so why are you sneezing now that spring is in the air?

It is possible to develop allergies later in life.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies.

The AARP notes that as you age, immunity naturally begins to wane and some people who have suffered for years find that they can breathe more easily when spring rolls around. But occasionally, some people develop an allergy later in life.

Thankfully, there are ways to soothe your allergies and get some relief from the itchy, watery eyes, sore throat and sneezing.

Hearthstone Communities in Woodstock offers these tips to help combat allergies this season:

Plant pollen is at its highest levels between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Delay your outdoor activities to the late afternoons or after a heavy rain when pollen levels are lower.    

Most weather forecasting services offer a daily pollen count. When the levels are high, keep your windows closed – not only in your home, but in your car as well. This will help minimize your exposure to pollen.

Tree pollen is a main trigger for springtime allergies. If you are outside, change your clothes when you come inside, leave your shoes at the door, and take a shower before bed. Don’t line dry your clothes outside to avoid collecting pollen on them.

Keep cool with air conditioners instead of attic fans or open windows.

Keep your sinuses clear with a nasal rinse. Nasal rinses such as neti pots can clear pollen out of your nose before your symptoms begin. You can ease your allergy symptoms by thinning mucus and cutting down on postnasal drip with a nasal rinse.

If you do feel stuffy, drink more fluids to thin the mucus in your nasal passages. Hot tea, broth and soup will also help provide relief from allergy symptoms.

Hearthstone Communities: 920 North Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098: 815.338.2110: www.hearthstonewoodstock.org

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