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All Stuffed Up from Pollen Allergies

The pollen’s out and once again you’re congested and bleary-headed. Do you get a few allergy symptoms or the whole enchilada? HEADACHE Allergies cause fluid to build up in the sinuses, putting pressure on the nerves in the area. This can lead to a headache directly above the eyes. The pain is different for each […]

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What’s the Scoop On: Chemical-resistant Ragweed?

There’s a new strain of ragweed lurking in Canada, and herbicides don’t stand a chance with it. Scientists at the University of Guelph have confirmed that a strain of ragweed resistant to glyphosate, the most effective herbicide for ragweed, has been found in Ontario. But ragweed sufferers take note: according to François Tardif, an associate […]

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Ragweed’s Rule

How did the dastardly king of hay fever become so potent and so widespread? Allergic Living investigates. The ragweed in my backyard in the Ottawa Valley waves at me smugly every morning. It has formed a towering wall along the back corner of the small meadow we’ve let flourish as an environmental gesture. All the […]

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Outdoor Allergy Hub: Pollen, Mold, Gardening

Spring America’s Trees of Allergies - Allergic Living‘s field guide to U.S. tree pollen allergies. The Trees of Sneeze - Allergic Living‘s field guide to Canadian pollen allergies. Hay Fever Handbook – Everything you’ll need to know about managing Spring allergies. All About Eye Allergies – Weeping, itching and rubbing. How do you find relief? Gardening with […]

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When Grass Attacks

For those with grass allergy, a lush lawn can be the bane of summer. Grass allergy is one of the most common pollen allergies, up there with the birch tree and ragweed. In the central and northern United States and Canada, grass generally pollinates in May, June and July. If the Kleenex box is your […]

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Creating the Allergy-Friendly Garden

There is nothing like the garden. The magic of young plants thriving under the gardener’s care, the bursting forth of vibrant blooms. But if you’ve never donned the cotton gloves for fear of cultivating pollen and misery, you are missing out. It is possible to create a garden that’s almost allergy-free. There’s just some planning […]

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All About Eye Allergies

Pollen can set off weeping, blurred vision, itching and rubbing. How do you find relief? When Ken Hegan traveled to Vancouver a couple of years ago, the city was experiencing one of its warmest Februaries on record, and the trees began showering unwitting visitors with an early blast of pollen. “It felt like my eyes […]

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Allergic Living’s 10 Ways to Beat Pollen

1. Avoid pollen when you can. Stay indoors during high pollen counts: typically in the morning, and on dry, breezy days. 2. Keep your windows closed, especially during the day. Use an air conditioner instead. 3. Don’t hang laundry outside to dry. It will collect pollen. 4. Wash your hands and other exposed skin when […]

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