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Pollen Problems

Have you been sneezing and wheezing lately? Runny nose, itchy eyes, scratchy throat? Could be pollen allergies. In fact, it probably is. We are in one of the worst times of year for those with pollen allergies, also known as hay fever. When the weather gets warmer, trees, flowers and grasses start pollinating. The tiny particles of pollen become airborne when the wind starts blowing. If you?re outdoors ? even for just a few minutes ? those particles can get in your hair, on your clothes and, if you wear glasses, on your lenses. Not to mention the pollen you?re breathing in. With that much pollen in close proximity to you, you are likely to have adverse reactions if you are allergic to it. This is also the time of year when it?s not too hot outside, and many of us like to exercise outdoors. If you do and you?re bothered by hay fever, you may want to consider moving your exercise routine indoors until the pollen count drops to acceptable levels, which it probably will in the next 2-4 weeks. There are prescription and non-prescription medicines you can take to manage your allergies; check with your doctor to see which ones might work best for you. You can monitor local pollen counts on your home computer by downloading the Weather Bug