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How to Keep Your Pollen Allergies at Bay: 5 Effective Tips

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How to Keep Your Pollen Allergies at Bay: 5 Effective Tips


Do you see a rise in your children's sneezes and cold-like symptoms almost the same time every year? You must have wondered if it has something to do with the change in the climate. You are right if you did, seasonal allergies are widespread, and more people are affected by them than we care to admit.

 

 


Seasonal allergies develop each year as the trees and plants release tiny pollen particles to fertilize other plants. These particles are called allergens as they trigger the immune system to release chemicals, resulting in the symptoms of a runny nose, sneezing, and even fever. It can be a pain to deal with these allergies, so here are five tips that can help you curb them:

 


1. Reduce Allergen Exposure
You can take many steps to avoid allergen exposure. First of all, try to avoid going out on dry and windy days, and choose rainy days instead. Give tasks that include plants to someone you know is not allergic. Do not hang your laundry outside, and if you have to go out, get a pollen mask for it.

 


2. Be Proactive
Keep a check on your local news and radio stations, and make sure you hear it when they talk about rising pollen counts. If you hear about high pollen counts, take anti-allergy medicine beforehand to avoid any symptoms. Close doors and windows at night and early in the morning.

 


3. Keep Indoor Air Clean
You cannot claim that a product will clean your air by a hundred percent indoors, but an Air Purifier does help to some extent. When you are at home or in a car, try to use its air-conditioning instead of fresh air, and make sure it is filtered well. Also, use a dehumidifier to keep indoor air dry.

 


4. Non-Prescription Medications
There are many types of medications that you need no prescription to buy or use but are effective in easing the symptoms of allergies. Oral antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays, and combination medications that include two or three of the previous ones are common remedies to combat allergies.

 

 

5. Rinse Your Sinuses
Not to state the obvious, but this might be the most crucial step in keeping your allergies under control. You can get a small squeeze bottle or neti pot designed for nasal rinsing. Use distilled or boiled water for rinsing. The water needs to be saline to make sure that you mix the right amount of salt in it.

 


Allergies might even come as a surprise, as some people are allergic to some allergens and not to others. You might feel symptoms as soon as you move to another region. If you have any practical tips for dealing with allergies, tell us in the comments below!

Posted in Nature by Leah Weinstock

What is the June Summer Solstice?

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What is the June Summer Solstice?


In Latin, 'Sol' means Sun, and the word 'Solstice' means sun-stopping. This is a point on the horizon where the Sun seems to rise and then stop. After this day, the Sun reverses its direction. On Solstice, the Sun does not rise precisely in the east. It rises a bit north of east and then sets a bit north of west. This makes it appear for a longer time than any other day.

 


The June Summer Solstice marks the first day of summer in the astronomical calendar. But in meteorological definitions, Solstice becomes mid-summer or mid-winter. The day is June 21st, and it marks the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere. Here are a few amazing facts about the Solstice.

 


1. Summer & Winter Solstice
In the Northern Hemisphere, it is called the summer solstice, based on the longest day of the year because of the daylight. But in the Southern Hemisphere, it is the Winter Solstice. The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the winter and the year's longest night, Hence the Winter Solstice.

 


2. First Solstice of the Year
Solstices occur twice a year, once in June and Once in December. In the June Solstice, the Sun aligns directly over the tropic of Cancer. In the Winter solstice, the Sun aligns directly over the Tropic of Capricorn. Both Solstices occur on the 21st of both months.

 


3. It occurs at the same time around the world
The Solstice is to occur all around the world when the Sun is directly over the tropic of Cancer. This will be precisely at 3:32 UTC in 2021.

 

 


4. It can shift days
The Summer Solstice can shift its date from 21st to 20th or 22nd. However, this is a very rare occurrence. The rarest are June 22nd Solstices. The last June 22nd Solstice occurred in 1975, and another one is not predicted before 2203.

 

 


5. The Earth Is Farthest from the Sun
You might believe that as it is summer in the Northern hemisphere, due to the tilt of the Earth, it must be the closest to the Sun. But it is actually the opposite. The Earth is actually the farthest from the Sun in the June Solstice and will be on its Aphelion a few weeks after the June Solstice.

 

 


6. It is Not the Earliest Sunrise
As it is undoubtedly the longest day, one might expect the sunrise to be the earliest in the year as well. But for most places on the Earth, this is not true. In fact, the earliest sunrise occurs a few days before it, and the latest sunset occurs after it too!

 

 


We hope you learned a few new things about the June Solstice because of us. It is a crazy world we live in, and these natural phenomena's are always fascinating. Share with us your favorite natural occurrence in the comments below!

Posted in Nature by Leah Weinstock