Allergy Relief Tips Wherever You Go

Do your allergies act up as soon as you set foot outside? Use these simple tips to reduce exposure to pollens, molds, and other allergens and enjoy the outdoors again.

Friendly Flora for Allergies

It’s rough when the plants you love don’t love you back. Here’s how to make your time in the yard more pleasant:

  • Choose the right plants. Some plants don’t release pollen that triggers allergies. Allergy-friendly plants include irises, lilies, geraniums, and daisies. Steer clear of highly allergenic plants like timothy grass and willow trees.

Housecleaning Tips to Ease Allergies

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Indoor Allergens: Tips to Remember,” “Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever),” “Pollen Allergy.”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Dust Mites,” “Tips to Control Indoor Allergens.”

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: “Tips on How to Avoid Common Allergens.”

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The 10 Worst Places for Fall Allergies in 2012

By Cari Nierenberg
WebMD Health News

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Oct. 5, 2012 — Some natives of Louisville, Ky., needn’t be surprised if they’re sneezing while reading this article. Their city tops the list this year as the worst place to live in the U.S. for fall allergies.

To earn the No. 1 spot, Louisville received a “worse than average” rating for its pollen counts and allergy medication use by each patient. But it got a “better than average” rating for the number of allergy specialists available in the area.

Are We Too Clean? Letting Kids Get Dirty and Germy

It’s the basic nature of young children to touch the very things in their environment that their parents find most disgusting. Just try to keep your 1-year-old from sticking the dog’s bone in her mouth!

Epidemic-scale flu seasons have health authorities imploring regular hand washing, and with talk of sanitizer gel like it was liquid gold, it’s tough not to worry about what your children are getting into and the ultimate impact it will have on their health.

Infectious diseases are a legitimate cause for concern, but some would argue that our society has gone overboard when it comes to protecting our kids from germs.