Healthy Habits for Warmer Weather

Warm spring breezes and inviting sunshine are among the best parts of springtime; seasonal allergies are among the worst.  The reawakened growth in our landscapes also brings pollen, which causes problems for those with seasonal allergies.

When pollen counts are high, allergy sufferers should stay indoors, keep the windows closed and run the air conditioning.  You can check the pollen count locally at http://www.aaaai.org, the site for the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.

Also, when you’ve spend time outdoors, bathe before you go to bed to reduce the amount of allergens clinging to your skin.  Speaking of…

Remember to take care of your skin.  Wear sunscreen with an SPF15 or higher.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you look for sunscreen with the words “broad-spectrum” on the label – because it will screen out both ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays.  It should also be water-resistant or waterproof and reapplied every two hours.

Also, don’t forget your hat.  According to the AAP, you should wear a hat with a brim of at least three inches.  What you want is to provide shade for the face, head and neck.  An added extra: a hat that comes with a neck drape provides extra coverage to the neck.

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