When hay fever season rolls around, many allergy sufferers first think of making an appointment with the doctor to get expensive, sedating drugs that may or may not work. Alternatively, maybe this year the treatment will be a painful and even more costly series of testing and shots.
It would help if you always took the medicines your doctor prescribes, but there are lots of things you can do on your own to get symptoms under control with or without medication. Here are the top ten.
1. Get to pollen before it gets to you
Buy a HEPA filter for every room in your house. Close your windows during peak pollination time for trees and grasses, which in most parts of the world is 4 to 6 in the morning. Don’t dry your clothes on a line outside, dry them in the dryer.
2. Get your antihistamines from food, not …