Young sick woman ill suffering spring allergy using tissue on nose

Do you have allergies? An estimated 50 million Americans do, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology—and more than half are allergic to more than one thing.

Allergy symptoms, which can include sneezing, wheezing, runny nose, headaches, rashes, and itching, can vary in severity. But whether your symptoms are mild or severe, everyone is desperate for relief. To take control of your allergies, consider this advice.

Get an allergy test. Thousands of Americans take over-the-counter allergy medications to treat their symptoms, but most of them don’t know the exact trigger of their allergies. A specialist can test your skin to determine how you react to different allergens and pinpoint the exact cause—which may help you anticipate when and how allergies will affect you in the future and choose the best treatment for your needs.

Keep allergens out. It may be difficult, if not downright impossible, to stay indoors when pollen and ragweed fill the air, but there are steps you can take to keep them out of your home. Keep your windows down and use air conditioning. Invest in new filters for your air conditioners that are specially designed to trap airborne allergens. Also, clean your house regularly, taking special care to remove dust if dust mites are triggering your allergies.

Find the right treatment for you. Other people with allergies are always full of advice about what works for them, but your body may react differently to the same medications and treatments. Consult with your doctor or healthcare professional if you are interested in trying something new, and pay close attention to any side effects. Treatments range from over-the-counter medications to prescription drugs—and many people find relief with natural supplements.

Echinacea, nettle root, and garlic powder have helped many people relieve their symptoms, and may be things to consider as you try to find the ideal combination of methods.

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