Avoiding outdoor allergens
Millions of Canadians live with environmental allergies — everything from pollen and dust mites, to pet hair. Common allergy symptoms include:
Protect your home from allergens. Keep your windows closed during allergy seasons, and clear out air filters and air ducts.
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Consult with a healthcare provider
Identify what are you allergic to outside. Tree pollen causes many springtime allergies, for example, while pollen from ragweed usually causes reactions in the summer and fall.
An estimated one in five Canadians suffers from allergies in the warm months. Here’s what you need to know.
This is the time of year for sunglasses, patios and tranquil afternoons on the beach. For about 20 per cent of Canadians, it is also the time of year to tough out the discomfort of seasonal allergies. Here are some ways to ease seasonal allergies and enjoy the warmer weather.
Allergy signs and symptoms
Monitor daily pollen counts. Plan outdoor activities when those counts are lower.
Wash your hands, and rinse your eyes and nose after being exposed to pollen outside.
There are a number of products available to help Canadians take control of their allergy symptoms. They include over-the-counter treatments such as antihistamines and decongestants, as well as homeopathic remedies. Your doctor may also suggest a prescription medication. For those living with severe allergies, allergy shots or immunotherapy may provide relief.
Not sure about the best way to ease your symptoms? Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. They can provide information on allergy products available and how best to treat your seasonal or environmental allergies.
How do you know you don’t have a cold? The most important difference is that a cold usually lasts about a week, while allergy symptoms can stick around for months or all year round.