Updated 23 June 2014

Beat those spring blues

Sniffling and sneezing? Unfortunately, it's that time of the year again.

Sniffling and sneezing? Unfortunately, it's that time of the year again. But, depending on your specific allergies, some preventative steps at home could help to reduce the risk of allergic reactions.

Take action:
Use special mattress and pillow covers to control dust mites; vacuum and dust frequently to get rid of dust mites and other airborne allergens; use an air conditioner in your home and car and change the filters often; get rid of old bedding, toys, clothing and other items that may be carriers of dust and mould; keep pets outdoors as much as possible and off the furniture; wash pets regularly to reduce dander; mop uncarpeted surfaces regularly; and remove overstuffed furniture and carpets to reduce dust mites.

Which pollens are making you sneeze? Check out this illustrated guide.


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