Possibly the only good thing about seasonal allergies: it's the perfect excuse to head to the water! Typically beaches and other areas near the sea have a lot less pollen and mold than the surrounding areas, thanks to the cleansing power of ocean breezes.
"If you can afford to live in that first quarter mile from the beach, it's great," says Russell B. Leftwich, MD, an allergist in Nashville, TN, and the spokesman for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.
Not to mention all the fun exercise options the beach offers — running, swimming, or volleyball, anyone? And for those of us stuck in the middle of the continent, experts say that heading up the mountains is almost as helpful, as less vegetation grows in higher altitudes.