Simple steps to reduce summer allergy symptoms

Everyone wants to get outside and enjoy the sunshine of summer, and all of the fun activities that the season brings with it. The thought of having to stay inside because of allergies or a dreaded summer cold is not something anyone wants to ponder. Instead, considering ways to avoid feeling under the weather should be on your to-do list during warm weather.

The summer allergy season is well under way, and most of America's 35 million allergy sufferers are steeling themselves for the impact. But even those without allergy worries can be affected by nasal problems throughout the seasons. Most people forget that the cold and flu season doesn't stop with the end of winter, and let their guard down. For those who don't want to miss out on a moment of summer fun, the good news is that you don't have to wait until you're sick to care for your sinus health - keeping your sinuses clean is a smart, natural, drug-free way to help clear your nose.

"Sinus health is the foundation for good respiratory health," says Mike Tringale, vice president at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). "And we are increasingly finding that relieving nasal congestion makes a huge impact on the quality of life for people of all ages."

Try these tips from the AAFA to reduce summer allergy symptoms. You can also log on to, the website of Arm & Hammer Simply Saline, for more information and allergy-management advice.

* To reduce your chance of catching a cold, avoid touching your face or nose. Wash your hands with hot water and soap regularly, especially after being in public places like stores, transit stations, schools or offices.

* To clear out nasal congestion, consider naturally-derived saline moisturizers, available at most retailers, year-round. Arm & Hammer Simply Saline is a great option because it's drug-free and preservative-free (excluding homeopathic products), made of purified water and sodium chloride and can be used as frequently as needed.

* Talk to your doctor about getting a flu shot each year to try to avoid getting the flu. However, if you feel flu-like symptoms, talk to your doctor within the first few days to get medications that will reduce the severity.

* Manage your seasonal allergies by reading daily pollen counts and limiting your outdoor exposure on high-pollen days, and keep windows and doors closed during the morning hours before noon, when pollen tends to be most prevalent in the air.