Spring allergies: Three ways to keep the pollen away

The Bradford Pear trees are blooming around Continental Square in York. Make sure you are able to enjoy spring blossoms without sneezing. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL

Peak  pollen months are March through October.

And, oh hey, it’s already April — which means, you might be noticing your nose (or those around you) running.

Dr. Amy Auerbach from Allergy & Asthma Consultants Inc. said spring allergies are difficult because they come at a time when most people want to throw their windows up, hang clothes out to dry and go for a run — all things that contribute to sneezing, watery eyes and allergy rashes.

“The best thing to do is to try over-the-counter medications and if you still aren’t feeling well, it’s time to go to see a doctor,” Auerbach said.

Here’s a few tips she gives to avoid contact with spring allergens:

1. If you have been outside exercising, it’s helpful to take a shower when you come inside.

2. Avoid drying clothes on clotheslines outside, because pollen can gather on them.

3. Keep windows closed, it can be hard because of the lovely spring weather. Nasal saline spray or rinses can rinse out pollen. Peak  pollen months are March through October.

Around the web:

The most common allergens are molds, pollen, dust mites and pets. Here are a few tips from Women’s Health to avoid allergic reactions:

  • For mold — “Use exhaust fans in bathrooms to reduce the humidity levels.”
  • For pollen — “Do not keep gardening or other outside clothing in the home.”
  • For dust — “Wash all bedding weekly in hot water to reduce the dust mite population.”
  • For pets — “Bathe your pet weekly, which will help remove pet dander.”

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