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How to win during the allergy season

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These tips will help you breathe more comfortably both inside and outside your home

It won’t be long before the flowers bloom, the leaves turn green and the days grow longer. Spring is right around the corner and while the transitioning of seasons can signal a welcome change, we can also anticipate another, not-so-positive change: the beginning of the allergy season.

Allergy is the most common chronic disease in Europe, according to the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. There's been a dramatic increase in the number of allergy sufferers in Europe, and the academy estimates that by 2025, half of the EU population will be affected by allergies. Itchy eyes, stuffy noses and constant sneezing can make our lives uncomfortable, but there are ways to mitigate these effects. If you know from past experience that allergies hit you hard every year, doctors recommend you take allergy medication a few weeks before your symptoms usually start. Here’s more advice for easing your allergy woes when you’re outside or at home.

1. Check the weather online

Meteorology websites aren’t just for checking the general weather and temperature. They can also give you information about the local pollen count, what’s pollinating and how windy it is. Checking this can help you adjust your day accordingly. For example, if it’s a windy day with a high pollen count, it's better to wait to wash your car until the conditions change.

2. Cleanse with saline

If you’re not a fan of medicated nasal sprays, one natural technique is a saline wash. Studies aren’t conclusive, but some experts suggest running a saline solution through your nasal cavity can help unblock passages, clear out allergy-causing irritants, restore moisture to dry sinuses and soothe inflammation in your nose’s mucous membranes.

3. Clean the floors

Rugs and carpets can trap pollen and other irritating, microscopic particles. Be sure to vacuum regularly. Your entrance areas are also popular places to collect pollen, so clean your patio or hallway too. If necessary, wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you clean.

4. Leave your shoes outside

Related to the third tip, kindly ask your guests to slip off their shoes before entering your home. Leaving your shoes at the door will help prevent allergens from travelling into your rooms.

Why let allergies get the best of your day-to-day living? With just a few smart changes, you can minimise the effects of the allergy season on your wellbeing so you can live a more comfortable life.

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