Simple Solutions to Fight Autumn Allergies

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Many of you have been sniffling and sneezing a lot lately. We are in the midst of another allergy season, and if ragweed causes your allergies to flare up, beware.

Doctors are expecting ragweed levels to be at its highest peak in the past 10 years.

It’s hard to escape the annoyances of allergies as we go from the hot, dry summer to the cooler fall. Doctors say they are seeing less eye itching but more runny noses, coughing, wheezing and asthma flare ups.

More moisture means the mold count is getting worse, and as insects pollinate plants, that pollen is flying in the air. In fact, winds can pick up pollen and take it as far as a 400 mile radius, so it’s hard to escape.

However, there are some simple solutions you might not have thought of before that could relieve your symptoms.

Doctors say drink a lot of water -- up to eight glasses a day -- to flush out your system of all those toxins.

Wear sunglasses to keep the pollen from flying into your eyes.

Bathe your pets often. The pollen and ragweed can stick to their coats and they can bring it inside with them.

Keep your windows shut so the allergens stay outside.

And keep the air conditioner running. The a/c keeps air flowing through your house and keeps the moisture down, slowing the growth of mold.

Of course, you can always buy over the counter medication or see a doctor at the Minute Clinic to get a prescription to help control your allergies.

Doctors said allergens will be bothersome until the first frost.

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