Health Tip: Avoid Outdoor Allergens
-- The great outdoors is rife with allergens that make your eyes itchy, red and watery.
The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests how to help protect against outdoor allergens:
- Get a head start on allergy season by taking your allergy medications a week or two before the season starts.
- If you plan to hike or camp, avoid scheduling trips during times of high pollen counts (May and June for grasses, September and October for ragweed).
- Stay away from hay and barns, and avoid activities such as raking leaves and mowing the grass.
- Wear sunglasses to help keep pollen out of the eyes.
- When you come back indoors, shower and wash your hair to remove pollen.
- Close doors and windows during pollen seasons.
Posted: March 2011
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