RENO, NV - Most of us love it when spring finally gets its turn on the calendar, but for about 20% of American, the sunny skies come with pesky allergies.
For some, allergies mean more than just itchy eyes and runny noses; allergy symptoms can stop your day cold and prevent you from getting anything productive done.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep your hay fever at bay.
Allergists and doctors say you can change your everyday routine to avoid certain triggers.
One of the most helpful things you can do is to start your allergy medication before the symptoms start showing up.
If dander, pollen and dust are to blame for igniting your allergies, try not to open your windows in the morning when the pollen count is high.
Before the days get hotter, consider changing your air conditioning filters to remove pollen, dust and mold or think about buying an air purifier with a HEPA filter.
Break out your sunglasses -- they'll block airborne allergens from getting into your eyes.
Experts also say that one of the best things you can do is to take an antihistamine before bed. You're more likely to wake up and start your day free of symptoms.
Also, consider reading weather reports; there's a cool app called "Pollen.com's Allergy Alert."
That app will show you pollen counts.
Besides pollen and dust, doctors say there are some other unexpected elements that can trigger your allergies.
Hair products can cause your hair to become a pollen magnet, according to doctors at the Allergy and Asthma Care of New York. if you must use products, just make sure to wash your hair everyday to avoid triggering your allergies.
While spring cleaning is supposed to get your house squeaky clean, it can also severely increase your exposure to allergens found in settled "house dust." But allergy sufferers may like the solution: experts say get someone else, like your spouse or kids, to deep clean your home when you're not there. If you can't, invest in a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter.
Your pets might be another culprit of your allergies! After being outside, your dog or cat can bring pollen, mold and other allergens into your home. To deal with that, give your pets regular baths and don't let them hang out near your bed.
Finally, consider bathing at night before bed because if you're showering in the morning, that means you're going to bed blanketed with pollen and mold that your skin, hair, and clothes have picked up throughout the day.
Allergists say tumbleweed, which litters Northern Nevada, can also set off your symptoms, so make sure to stay away from them.