Friday, April 13, 2007

Pollen is a Pain for Allergy Sufferers

Ah, spring is in the air…and so is the pollen. I think that 2007 is going down as the worst allergy season I’ve had yet. The pollen has been out of control! In Atlanta, everything has been dyed a lovely shade of yellow. My normally cherry red SUV, it’s now yellow. My tan condo, it’s yellow too.

At work people are constantly sniffling, sneezing, coughing and scratching their eyes. It’s ridiculous and miserable! Is there any reprieve in sight? Nobody knows, but according to the Harvard Medical School, approximately 40 to 50 million Americans suffer from allergies.

The Harvard Medical School also offers a few tips for easing the annoyances of allergies:

Stay indoors when the pollen count is high, and especially on dry, windy days.

Stay indoors between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., when airborne pollen is likely to be at its highest.

Shut your home windows at night.

Keep car windows closed when driving.

Take a vacation to the coast (where pollen count is low) during pollen season.

Have someone else cut your grass.

Don’t hang your clothes to dry outside.

Happy Friday and happy sneezing!

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