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Health Tip: Stay Inside When Spring Allergens Are at a Peak

Health Tip: Stay Inside When Spring Allergens Are at a Peak

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Suggestions to ease seasonal allergies

Seasonal allergies can cause itchy, watery eyes, nasal congestion and sneezing.

The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests these lifestyle changes to ease seasonal allergy symptoms from outdoor allergens:

  * Start your allergy medications a week or two before the season starts.
  * Don’t take a camping trip or go on a hike when pollen counts are high.
  * Stay away from barns and hay, and try not to mow the grass or rake leaves.
  * Wear sunglasses to keep pollen out of the eyes.
  * After spending time outside, take a shower and wash hair, change clothes and rinse out the nasal passages with a salt water rinse.
  * Close windows and doors during allergy season.