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10 Surprising Spring Allergy Solutions

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Spring is a beautiful and lively time of year. Buds of plants and flowers are once again emerging in glorious bloom. We anticipate the warmer weather and longer days of spring, especially after such a cold and harsh winter, or if we suffer from the winter blues (or Seasonal Affective Disorder). However, spring’s benefits often come with a hefty and annoying price for many—particularly if you’re the victim of spring allergies with symptoms of a runny and stuffy nose; watery, bloodshot,  itchy eyes; sore throat; and labored breathing. Luckily there are ten surprising ways to cope with and lessen the pain of spring allergies…

1. Clean Your Bedding

A possible cause of your spring allergy flare ups could be found in your bedding and pillow. If you realized just how dirty and allergen-infested your bed can get, you might consider sleeping on the couch tonight and buying a new mattress tomorrow. While it’s fairly well-known that mattresses are a breeding ground for dust mites and mold (ultimately causing a lot of allergies on their own), you might not realize that pollen can also become easily transferred to where you lay your head as well.

To keep pollen from sticking to your bedding, it should be cleaned regularly to ensure you don’t worsen your allergies overnight. This is especially important for pillow cases because your hair collects pollen when you’re outside and transfers to your pillow. Since allergies can cause congestion and respiratory problems, it can be difficult to get a good sleep if you’re breathing in pollen all night long. And if you have asthma, it’s even more important to keep your bedding and mattress clean. Use a pillow protector and mattress cover, and during spring allergy season, washing your body and hair right before bed can also reduce the transfer of pollen.

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