It's the most wonderful time of the year...unless you're an allergy sufferer in Missouri! For those of us that have suffered year after year from the pollen, ragweed, and who knows what is floating in the air, we feel your pain.

As a kid, it was tough since I lived in a small town and a lot of the time we were in the rural areas. I took shots and pills throughout the summer to deal with hay fever. Back in my day as a youngster we didn't have all the over-the-counter products to help give some relief. These days you have nasal sprays and non-prescription meds to help.

I pretty much outgrew my problems with the summer allergies but unfortunately my wife isn't so lucky. Her trip to the doctor helped her to get some prescription strength relief. If you're one of the many that's going crazy with all the allergens this spring here's a few natural ways that may help.

  • Keep the doors and windows closed if the pollen count is high. Although you may want to get the fresh air flowing in through the house, it may do you more good if you keep the doors and windows closed with the inside air circulating.
  • Remember, if you or members of your family have been outside, allergens could be tracked or carried in on clothing. May want to leave your shoes outside the door. Maybe a quick shower will help after you come inside.
  • The masks that many have used for the coronavirus may double as a way of helping from breathing in the allergens when outdoors.
  • Stay away from cigarette smoke. It can sometimes worsen your condition.

Here's to a spring and summer of allergy-free fun...good luck!

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