High pollen counts predicted for spring

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The high pollen count for spring is right around the corner and it is time to prepare for the most common attack for this season.

Minimizing allergies can be easier than one thinks, and small tasks can help to reduce the amount of allergy symptoms.

Avoiding being outdoors during high pollen count days is a helpful way to reduce symptoms, but if you can’t avoid going outside then make sure to change clothes upon entering the house. Also, leaving shoes that have probably tracked in pollen outside will help. By leaving both the clothing and shoes that were in direct impact of the pollen outside of the bedroom can make a difference as well.

Here is a list of other ways to reduce risk of an attack: Keep windows shut, run the air conditioning, use a high-quality vacuum, cover pillows and mattresses with plastic during the day, and for children, reduce the number of stuffed animals in the room and house.

Over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines, nasal sprays, and eye drops should do the trick, but if not, prescription medicines are available.

Allergy sufferers have more options for relief this year due to the approval of the FDA for an over-the-counter, two steroid nasal spray.

Allergies can lead to asthma, so paying attention to your symptoms are important.

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