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Tip of the week: How to survive allergy season

Plan ahead; Keep pollens outside; Cool your eyes

Plan ahead. Allergies kick in when your immune system mistakes pollen for a harmful substance, releasing histamines that irritate your eyes and nose. That’s why antihistamines, which block histamines’ effects, “work best when taken before symptoms occur.” If you prefer taking natural supplements—such as stinging nettle—“try to start several weeks prior to allergy season.”

Keep pollens outside. Your home’s doors and windows should remain shut during pollen season. Because allergens can be tracked in on hair and clothing, a shower and a change of clothes “will cut down on the irritants” you spread after re-entering.

Cool your eyes. Besides decongestants, cold compresses and caffeine can offer some relief from allergies’ symptoms. A compress, or an eye cream that includes caffeine, will “help you look and feel better.”

Source: Oprah.com

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