• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: Spring cleaning and allergies

April 10, 2017

a young woman sitting on a couch, just about to sneezeTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Allergy-proof your home
Thinking about spring cleaning? If you have hay fever or allergic asthma, it's also a good time to rid your home of what's causing your allergies.

Long-term care: Early planning pays off
It's best to talk about long-term care early — before a sudden injury or illness forces your hand, leading to a hasty decision. Here's how to choose a facility, deal with finances and more.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Can exercising late in the day cause insomnia?
For some people, exercising within a few hours of bedtime may cause problems getting to sleep.

Are my annual colds really allergies?
Do you get a cold each spring and fall? It could be seasonal allergies. Learn how to recognize the signs.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Slideshow: A look inside your eyes
Anaphylaxis: Symptoms and causes
Psoriasis and your self-esteem
Video: Take a break for meditation

HEALTHY RECIPES
Muesli breakfast bars
English cucumber salad with balsamic vinaigrette
Chicken quesadillas
Turkey pesto melt

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Is your lifestyle causing heartburn?
Heartburn can make your chest feel like it's on fire. Consider these lifestyle changes to prevent heartburn:

  1. Lose excess weight.
  2. Stop smoking.
  3. Don't wear tight-fitting clothes.
  4. Avoid heartburn triggers, such as alcohol, fatty foods, chocolate and mint.
  5. Don't lie down soon after a meal.
  6. Raise the head of your bed.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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Nutrition-wise: Eat well to age well
Research on diet and aging may make you rethink what you put on your plate. Here's what you should know.

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