Alleviate your allergies
You’ve heard the standard advice before. To treat seasonal allergies, see your doctor, take an antihistamine, and avoid the allergen (read: stay inside) as much as possible—all good advice. Still, you might want to try these other savvy strategies for alleviating allergy symptoms—and improving your overall health. This is what allergists wish you knew.
Overhaul your home
It may not seem logical, but the cozy indoors is often worse for your allergies than the raw outdoors. Your home—with its fabric-covered furniture and pillows, its carpeting, tightly sealed windows, and warm, damp spaces—is like a field strewn with allergy landmines. Research shows that indoor air pollution can be up to 10 times greater than outdoor pollution and its effects much more intense, since we generally spend more than 90 percent of our time indoors. So it’s essential that you do a top-to-bottom inventory of your house to determine where allergens are congregating (bedding, carpet, damp areas, and air filters are likely spots) and clean them up. Here’s how you can keep your allergies in check when spring cleaning.