Got Allergies?

Spring is in the air! As excited as that makes us, we also can't ignore that familiar tickle in our nose every time the flores start to bloom. Here's a quick guide to some great products we can't live without when allergy season rolls around.

1. Got Allergies? Slide 1 Zagat Survey Out & About with Allergies

Zagat Survey Out and About with Allergies: An Insider’s Guide to Enjoying the City 2008

Written just for folks who suffer with seasonal and year-round allergies, this guide tells you the best places to enjoy the outdoors without suffering a sneezing attack. Listings are available for 20 cities, including New York, Chicago and L.A., and it also includes tips for controlling your allergies. (Free, outandaboutwithallergies.com)

2. Got Allergies? Slide 2 Homedics DreamShield Ultra

Homedics DreamShield Ultra

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that more than 99% of homes have dust mites, one of the major year-round allergens. This machine-washable line of pillows, pillowcases and mattress protectors lock out not only dust mites, but bacteria, spills and stains are repelled as well. They’re a must for allergy sufferers and germaphobes alike. ($15 - $120, dreamshield.com)

3. Got Allergies? Slide 3 Halo UV-ST Ultraviolet Vacuum

Halo UV-ST Ultraviolet Vacuum

Billed as “the world’s only germ-killing vacuum,” this chemical-free vac uses extra-strength suction, HEPA filtration and ultraviolet light to kill and remove germs, viruses, bacteria and dust mites in your carpet. Good news when you consider that the typical carpet has more than 100,000 mites per square yard. Ick. ($500, gethalo.com)

4. Got Allergies? Slide 4 Aquarium Gravel

Aquarium Gravel

Sounds random, but those brightly colored rocks in the bottom of your aquarium can actually help you fight allergies. How? Indoor plants (even non-flowering ones that are thought to be safe for the allergic among us) can harbor mold, making your symptoms worse. Lay aquarium gravel over top the dirt, and you can help prevent that mold from making it into the atmosphere. You’re welcome. ($3, aquariumguys.com)

5. Got Allergies? Slide 5 Zyrtec

Zyrtec and Zyrtec D

A long-time lifesaver for people with indoor and outdoor allergies (including yours truly), the number one-prescribed allergy med recently got approval for over the counter sales. Now everyone can partake in the wonder that is Zyrtec (and its decongestant sibling). Because, really, who has time to run to the doctor every time her eyes start to water? ($7 - $30, zyrtec.com)