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The last thing that you want to have happen when you are out enjoying company with friends is to have an allergy attack.

If you are anything like me, taking allergy pills can make you drowsy and tired. Instead, when you are shopping around for allergy pills to take, try to look for ones that advertise non-drowsy formulas on the box. Also, it helps to be aware of the fact that in some situations, even though the box may indicate that the allergy pills are non-drowsy, it may still make you feel tired and/or lethargic.

Most people experience problems with their allergies during the beginning of the spring around the month of March or during the autumn around late September. The reason for this is due to the fact that these are two different times of year when there are different plants, trees and flowers that are beginning to bloom. For many people, allergies are worse during the spring time because this is when all of the pollen is being released into the air. If you live in states such as North Carolina, it may come as a shock to wake up one morning and see your vehicle caked in yellow from all of the pollen in the air. Can you imagine? You are actually breathing that into your lungs! It's no wonder that people have a hard time breathing or find themselves sneezing uncontrollably. That being said, what can be done about it short of taking drugs all of the time?

For starters, if you struggle with allergies, the first step that you can take is to make sure that your living environment is as clean as you can muster. This means making sure that your carpets are vacuumed at least several times a week, that your bed linens are washed in hot water at least once a week and that you make sure to wash your hair in the evenings prior to going to bed. The reason for taking a shower and washing your hair at bedtime is because this rids your body of any allergens that may have been in the air. If you were outside all day or over at a friend's house where they might have had a dog or cat or tons of dust, a lot of that actually gets trapped in your hair, which then gets transported to your bed onto your pillow as you toss and turn at night.

If you can help it, get rid of carpeting in your home and opt instead for hardwood floors as these do not attract dust and allergens as do carpets. If you have pets, make sure that you wear a mask and regularly brush them out several times a week (make sure you do this outside). If you do plan on going somewhere or running errands, pay attention to the time of day and do what you have to do in the early morning before traffic becomes heavy or in the later evening (when things have had a chance to settle down). On really high pollen days, opt to work out indoors at the gym versus at the park. Taking precautions such as these can greatly reduce your symptoms during the allergy season.

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