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Keep allergies under control this season

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Allergies – Warmer months mean more sunshine, growing trees and blooming flowers. But for people with allergies, these can also lead to an influx of pollen and hay fever, causing red itchy eyes and congestion.

According to Asthma Canada, respiratory allergies such as allergic rhinitis affect one in five of us and can impact quality of life, especially during changing seasons. To help reduce symptoms at home or work, try to tackle the sources that can trigger reactions.

Maintain a cleaning schedule. Vacuum often to reduce dust and mould found in the fibres of carpets or crevices of hard floors. Clean countertops and other surfaces with a damp cloth regularly to help reduce microscopic allergens that can trigger coughing, sneezing and other symptoms.

Keep the air indoors clean. To prevent allergens from moving inside, try keeping the windows closed between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., as it’s the time of day with the highest pollen count. Indoor air quality can also be affected by common household items such as cleaning solvents, scented candles, hairsprays and perfumes, which can cause as much air pollution as a car, according to Science Magazine. An air purifier like the Dyson Pure Cool purifying fan has a fully-sealed HEPA filtration system that removes gases and captures 99.97 per cent of allergens and pollutants down to 0.3 microns from the air.

Avoid pollen while outside. Wear sunglasses to keep pollen at a distance and reduce red and itchy eyes. Turn on the air conditioning when driving to help filter out pollen in your vehicle. And because pollen and other allergens can attach onto clothing, change your outfit when you head indoors.

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