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Benefits news: April is Allergies and Asthma Month

Apr 2, 2015

An allergy is when your body's natural defense system overacts to allergens, like pollen, dust mites and food, which can cause a runny nose, coughing, itching, hives or other symptoms. Some allergens can also trigger asthma, a common breathing problem whose symptoms include wheezing, coughing and difficulty breathing. 

Allergies and asthma can't be cured, but you and your doctor can make a daily action plan that can reduce your symptoms and help you lead a healthy, active life.

Stay ahead of your allergy symptoms with prevention. Take steps to adjust your lifestyle for a bolder, more confident season. Here are the top five steps to allergy relief at home:

  1.   Leave your shoes at the door — this is a great way to stop the spread of allergens from outside.
  2.   Shed those clothes — helps stop the transfer of pollen all over your home.
  3.   Keep your place squeaky clean — vacuum, dust and do laundry often to help keep allergies at bay.
  4.   Start a "closed door" policy — keep the pollen outside by keeping your doors and windows closed.
  5.   Use an air purifier — a good quality air purifier can help filter out allergens and control the dust.

Visit Take Action to get Relief for more information on this topic.

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