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Tri-State Preps for Pollen

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While a lot of folks across the country are celebrating the beginning of spring, seasonal allergies have kicked in for millions of Americans.

More than 60 million Americans suffer from allergic rhinitis, think burning, itchy eyes and noses that won't stop running.

Cincinnati is dealing with medium-high amounts of juniper, elm and maple, according to the website The site measures pollen counts throughout the country.

Allergy Prevention Tips from

  • Sign up for allergy alerts so you can easily monitor the allergy counts in your area. Forewarned is forearmed.
  • Keep your windows closed in your home and car to avoid letting in pollen, especially when the local pollen count is high.
  • Set your air conditioners to re-circulate in your home and vehicle, to avoid drawing in outside pollen-rich air.
  • Pollen counts are the highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., so limiting your outside exposure during those times can be extremely helpful for diminishing your allergies.
  • Limit exposure on mornings that are especially warm and dry; these will usually be the high pollen count days. Days that are dry and windy also have high pollen counts.
  • The best time for outdoor activities is immediately following a heavy rainfall.
  • Wash your face and hands after you’ve been outside to remove pollen. Also, change and wash clothes if they’ve been exposed to pollen. Bathe and shampoo hair daily before going to bed to remove pollen from hair and skin in order to keep it off your bedding.
  • Wash bedding in hot, soapy water once a week.
  • Minimize contact with items that have come in contact with pollen, such as pets and people that have spent a large amount of time outdoors.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen, and in severe allergy cases, wear a facemask when daily pollen counts are extremely high.
  • Visit your allergist or doctor to see if the allergy shot is for you.
  • Be consistent with your allergy medications for best results 



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