Sunday, April 29, 2012

Dog Days of Spring

I have a problem...I can't stop sneezing! Seriously, thanks to Atlanta's intense pollen season, I've been hacking and sniffling all weekend. Even the weekly allergy shots I get don't seem to be making an impact these days. Ugh.

Anyway, I've been trying to get rid of the sniffles and itchy eyes with packets of Emergen-C, Mucinex tablets and Claritin.This afternoon, I gargled saltwater and guzzled down a cup of tea spiced with honey, cayenne pepper and ginger when my throat started feeling uber-scratchy.
Anyone else dealing with hay fever misery? If so, here are some tips to alleviate the problem.

Around the House
• Wash hands and rinse eyes in cold water to clear residual pollen.
• Keep windows closed and the car sunroof shut.
• Change air filters once a month; wash electrostatic filters.
• Attic fans suck pollen into the house; don't use them.
• Outdoor pets are covered in ragweed; wash them frequently and don't let pets on the bed.
• Allergens linger in carpets and rugs; Vacuum frequently.

• Don't dry your laundry outside.
• Shower after spending extended time outdoors.
• Wear glasses or sunglasses outdoors to prevent pollen from irritating the eyes.
• Minimize your activity between 5 and 10 a.m when pollen is usually emitted.
• A prolonged rain scrubs pollen out of the air, but a brief downpour may cause settled particles to become airborne, raising pollen counts.
• Avoid mowing the lawn or raking leaves; if you cannot avoid yardwork, wear a pollen mask

On a different, more entertaining note, we adopted a rescue puppy last month. And she's just as adorable as you might imagine. On the down side, she's teething - which means the world is her chew toy, including fingers, toes and nice furniture. Oh the joys of parenthood. I can't wait until she's a big girl and we can go running around dog parks and hiking trails. It will be good exercise motivation!

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