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Banish spring sniffles

Banish spring sniffles
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If spring’s blossoms have left you red-eyed and runny-nosed, don’t rush straight to the medicine chest. Many drugs simply treat the symptoms of allergic reactions, which can often be easily prevented in the first place. Here are a few natural ways to keep your allergies at bay.

Avoid pollen

Avoid pollen
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Most plants pollinate in the early hours of the morning, so try to postpone outdoor activity to the afternoon. Also, try taking a quick shower and changing your clothes every time you come home to rinse off stray pollen.

Find out more about how to survive allergy season.

Find the triggers in your home

Find the triggers in your home
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Mould, dust mites and pollen in your house can all inflame allergies. Use a diluted bleach solution to clean mould in basements, garages and on old patio furniture.

Here are 9 surprising ways to cut down on indoor air pollution. 

Avoid using window fans to cool rooms

Avoid using window fans to cool rooms
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Turn on the dehumidifier

Turn on the dehumidifier
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You should keep humidity levels below 50 percent to kill dust mites, but above 30 percent to avoid making your home too dry.

Improve the air indoors

Improve the air indoors
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Invest in a good air filter and change it every two to three months.

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Stay contained in the car

Stay contained in the car
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Keep windows closed when driving. If it’s hot, use the air conditioner instead.

Consider your diet

Consider your diet
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Eat foods rich in omega-3s to aid with allergies. These include fish, eggs, walnuts and flaxseed oil.

Learn the silent signs you’re eating too much protein. 

Love your laundry

Love your laundry
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Wash bed linens at least once a week in 50 degree-plus water. That’s how hot it should be to kill dust mite eggs.

Check out these handy hints that make doing the laundry less of a hassle.

Don a mask

Don a mask
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Wear a mask while doing housework, which can stir up allergens.

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