Min­i­miz­ing sea­sonal al­lergy symp­toms

Daily Trust - - HEALTH -

If you’re out bik­ing, make sure you fol­low the rules of the road to stay safe. The Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion of­fers these rec­om­men­da­tions:

Fol­low all traf­fic signs and sig­nals, pass only on the left, fol­low lane mark­ings and ride in the same di­rec­tion as traf­fic.

Ev­ery so of­ten, check be­hind you as you ride. Make sure you keep both hands on the bars.

Dress in weather-ap­pro­pri­ate cloth­ing, and al­ways wear your hel­met.

Never wear head­phones, so you can hear any cars and dis­trac­tions.

Use hand sig­nals, and be on the look­out for road haz­ards.

When bik­ing at night, make sure you use a head­light and a rear re­flec­tor so driv­ers can see you.

and mold are com­mon cul­prits of sea­sonal al­ler­gies, but there are things you can do to help min­i­mize symp­toms.

The Amer­i­can Academy of Al­lergy Asthma and Im­munol­ogy of­fers these sug­ges­tions:

At home and in the car, close the win­dows and run the air con­di­tion­ing if needed.

When pollen and mold lev­els are high, stay in­doors. Wear a pollen mask dur­ing a pro­longed stay out­doors.

When you come in­side, wash your hair and change your clothes.

Ask some­one else to mow the lawn and rake leaves.

Don’t hang cloth­ing or linens out­side to dry.

Take al­lergy med­i­ca­tion as pre­scribed.

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