Allergies or Cold?

Can’t figure out whether you have allergies or a cold? To get relief you need to know which one you have first. Take our quiz to find out.

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Kids and School Allergies

Do your kid’s allergies flare up at school? The classroom should be a place where your kid thrives not sneezes. Here’s how to make sure allergies don’t get in the way at school.

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Move Over Mold

When the temperature and humidity levels rise, it’s time to be on high alert for that pesky home invader – mold. This indoor allergen hides in plenty of unexpected places. Here’s the low down on what to do about it.

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Seven Natural Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

When the weather’s hot, nothing beats hanging out at home with the air conditioner on. However, while escaping the heat, you’ll be more likely to encounter mold, dust, pet dander, pollen and other airborne allergens. Here are some simple ways to improve indoor air quality.

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Stay One Step Ahead of Allergens

Spring is actually too late to start cleaning and prepping for allergy season. So, we’ve compiled the following tips to help you get a head start, reassess your allergic reactions, and prepare yourself, and your home, for anything that the pollen season throws at you.

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1. Get Informed

There is a range of allergens that may cause you to react – dust, pollen, mold and dander. Visit an allergist to find out what you’re most allergic to, so you know what to be most aware of.

2. Buy a HEPA Air Filter

Keeping the windows closed in summer is one way to stop pollen from entering your home, but if you really want to purify the air, think about getting a HEPA filter. It helps to improve the air quality in your home by removing pollen and other allergenic particles.

3. Steam Clean

Vacuuming your carpets, curtains and furniture is a good way to keep allergens under control but, if you really want to get rid of all the dust and dander that have built up over time, a thorough steam cleaning is the way to go.

4. Check Your Air Ducts

Air conditioning vents are a trap for pollen and dust so they get clogged up easily. Make sure they’re ready to work efficiently by cleaning them out or changing the filters. It will help you to save on energy costs in the long run too.

5. Download the ZYRTEC® AllergyCast® App

Get ready for the increase in allergens with the ZYRTEC® AllergyCast® App. You can log and track your allergy symptoms, and check the daily pollen count all in one place.

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Green Ways to Remove Clutter

Removing unnecessary clutter from your home will minimize the potential for dust. Take a look at how you can take a green approach that will help your allergies and the planet.

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Many charities, recycling programs and donation centers will be happy to come to your home and pick up any unwanted items. You can find out the specifics from each organization.

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1. Newspapers

90 percent of paper can be recycled. You can either use a waste program or take your old newspapers to an animal shelter where they will be put to good use.

2. Magazines & Books

Shelters, libraries and hospitals will welcome any of your slightly used books and relevant magazines. A long-term plan is also to share magazines with your neighbors.

3. Clothes

Charity organizations accept all clothing that is in a reasonable condition. During winter there are coat drop-off stations across most cities too.

4. Electronics

TVs, computers and other gadgets are a growing waste problem, In addition to giving them to a ‘take back’ program you can drop them off at most large electronic stores for repurposing.

5. Toys

Children’s counseling centers, hospitals and charity organizations are always in need of toys to help keep the younger members of society entertained.

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Dust Free Decorating

Decorating your home for the holiday season is always a fun occasion. Unpacking dusty ornaments is not. Here are a few tips to make the process as allergen-free as possible.

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Keep strings of lights clean and tangle-free by wrapping them around a piece of cardboard and sealing them in large airtight bags.

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1. Step 1: Mask Yourself

Before you even take out the stepladder and begin retrieving your ornaments from the cupboard, put on a dust mask. Even if you’re not super sensitive, reducing your exposure to allergens is a good idea.

2. Step 2: Tree Time

Artificial trees tend to get dusty and grimy when they’re stored away for a year. To clean yours, take it outdoors and give it a gentle brush with a broom. Alternatively, place it on a large sheet and carefully vacuum or wipe each branch from top to bottom.

3. Step 3: Shake Down

Authentic garlands and wreaths are a haven for dust. The only way to clean these decorations is to take them outside and give them a good shake. Artificial wreaths are more delicate so rather blow them clean with a hairdryer set to cool.

4. Step 4: On Ornaments

Depending on the fragility and texture of your decorations, you should take them outside and wipe each one down with a damp cloth or use a soft feather duster to get rid of dirt particles.

5. Step 5: Plan Ahead

Make sure you don’t have to deal with the same problem again next year by taking the time to pack your decorations away carefully. Wipe each piece clean, wrap it in tissue paper or a sandwich bag and stack them from the heaviest up in clearly marked storage containers.

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Where Allergens Lurk in Your home

Your home is filled with different types of surfaces and each one attracts a different set of allergens. Here's where to find them and what to do about them.
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Monster Tissue Box

Having seasonal allergies when you’re a kid is not fun but you can take a lighthearted approach to the situation by creating a Monster tissue box to scare off any runny noses - just in time for Halloween! You and your child can get crafty together. All you need is a rainy afternoon and a bit of inspiration.

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Step 1: Gather Supplies

A tissue box
Glue
Colored cardboard or paper
Markers/Colored paint & paintbrush
Scissors

Step 2: Cut Out Features

Cut out the monster’s ears, tail, eyes and teeth from the colored cardboard or paper.

Step 3: Glue it Down

Using the dispenser as the mouth, glue the ears, tail, scales, eyes and teeth to the box.

Step 4: Give the Eyes Some Personality

Wait for the glue to dry, then draw or paint in the eyes.

Step 5: The Fun is in the Details

Decorate the monster with spots, scales or anything else you like. Use your imagination!

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Make Space for Homework

Create an Inspiring Workspace for Your Child.

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The beginning of the school year is a good time to implement new ideas and regimens that will help your kids get off to a great start and stay on track all year. At the top of your list should be creating a private, functional and allergy-friendly space where they can do their homework. Here are some thought-starters.

Choose a Spot

Kids are willingly distracted so try to find an area that is quiet but not tucked too far away from the main living areas (so that you won’t know what they’re up to). Think out of the box, or rather bedroom - an unused corner and other unconventional spaces.

Banish Allergy Triggers

Before setting up the workspace, do a thorough clean to get rid of allergens that your child is allergic to. Clutter can be distracting and it’s also a veritable dust trap. Once it’s clean you can help prevent the accumulation of mess over time by providing lots of organizational and closed storage units.

Freshen Up

A layer of hypoallergenic paint on the walls can make a huge difference. You can take your kid with you to help choose the color. Lining drawers with patterned paper can also brighten up the space and make the whole idea of doing homework more enticing.

Think Design

Instead of using a simple table, chair and desk against the wall, play around with different layouts so that the area is more interesting. It should be a special zone that your kid wants to hang out in, not one only associated with work. You can also have fun by color-coding their files. This way it will be easy for them to stay organized and find things when they need to.

Make Place for Pins

A bulletin board will give your kid space to pin up anything that inspires them – from to do lists to art projects and vacation spots they’d like to visit. You can also fill it with decorative pieces and motivational sayings to make it more dynamic.

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