Beat the Cedar!

Written by: Colin Smith

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Here are some tips to help keep your allergies in check.

Let me guess. You are sneezing like crazy, have a stuffy nose, itchy throat, watery and itchy eyes. You are not alone. "Cedar Fever," or allergies to Mountain Cedar pollen, causes thousands to suffer every year, but here are some ways that you can minimize the effects this cedar season.

  • Pay attention to weather. If you notice that certain conditions trigger symptoms, watch out for them. Check local pollen and mold counts. Watch for Ozone Action Days. Reduce time outside when you're likely to have problems. If possible, avoid being outdoors in the early morning, when pollen is most widespread. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen.
  • Prepare for allergies. If you have a predictable allergy at a certain time of year -- ragweed in the fall, or tree pollen in the spring -- get ahead of it. Ask your doctor if you can start taking allergy drugs about two weeks before you usually start having symptoms. That way, you can keep the symptoms from starting. It’s better than waiting until they start.
  • Control your environment. You can't change what's happening outside, but you do have some control over conditions in your house. Use air-conditioning to filter out mold and pollen. Use a dehumidifier to discourage mold growth and dust mites. Close your windows and outside doors. Avoid using window and attic fans during pollen season. Use air-conditioning to cool your home. Roll up your car windows when driving. Use the air-conditioning, if you need it. Dry clothing and bedding in the dryer. Don't hang them outside. Remember that pets can bring in pollen on their fur, too. Don't allow pets that spend time outdoors in your bedroom.
  • Get treatment. Talk to your doctor about your options, like drugs and allergy shots. They can help keep your allergies under control, no matter what the weather or the season. 

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