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Six Easy Things You Can Do to Survive Allergy Season

Update Date: May 08, 2013 03:34 PM EDT
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It's springtime and, while that means that it's beautiful outside, that also means that it can be a bit difficult to be outdoors if you suffer from allergies. But have no fear! Even if allergy medication has no effect on you, there are many ways to minimize allergy symptoms.

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Reuters/Phil Noble

Leave shoes at the door.

Leaving shoes by the door means that you avoid tracking pollen throughout the house.

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Pixabay

Hit the snooze button.

For people with seasonal allergies, you may want to adjust your morning routine. Pollen clings to clothing and hair, so it is better to take a shower at the end of the day so you don't bring pollen into bed with you. Pet owners with pollen allergies will also want to wipe down their cats and dogs after they have been playing outside, so that they do not bring pollen into the house; pollen clings to fur.

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Flickr/lisabirtch

 Check the pollen count.

Pollen levels are highest between 5 am and 10 am. If it's possible, do your best to delay errands and exercise until after those times are over. It's also possible to check out precisely what pollen counts are like, so you can best maneuver your day.

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Don't open windows.

On nice days, the last thing that you want to be is trapped indoors. But, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, opening windows only lets allergens into the house. Instead, close the windows and use a fan or the air conditioner to circulate air.

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Flickr/ ReneeSilverman

Eat more walnuts.

As an allergy sufferer, you should avoid foods that help form mucus, like dairy products, red meat and wheat. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in cold water fish, walnuts and flaxseed oil, on the other hand, have been found to reduce inflammation - and thus allergy symptoms. Quercetin, a flavonoid found naturally in onions, grapefruit and red wine, prevents the body from letting out histamines, the compound that causes runny noses and watery eyes.

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David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

Drink more water.

It's always a good idea to drink water, but for allergy sufferers, this simple act helps to clean out the mucus membrane.

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