Spring has sprung! For most, this is a welcome change from the cold of winter, but for others, the seasonal allergies that come along with this time of the year can be miserable. Symptoms of seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever, include sneezing, congestion, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, and more.
However, before you banish yourself to a life of solitude this spring, try these tips that can help you control your allergies before they can control you.
- Keep up with the pollen levels by checking your local news or the internet. Stay inside on dry, windy days when pollutants are at their highest. Avoid outdoor activity during the early morning due to high pollen counts as well. Close doors and windows when elevated pollen levels have been forecasted. Take advantage of days right after a good rain because raindrops help to clear the pollen from the air.
- Clean up when returning indoors. Remove the clothes you’ve worn outside and take a shower to rinse the dust, dirt, and pollen from your skin and hair.
- Wear a pollen mask when completing outside chores. Consider delegating the chores that can really stir up your allergies such as lawn mowing, weed pulling, and gardening.
- Don’t hang laundry outside during the peak allergy season because pollen can stick to clothing, sheets, and towels.
- Keep the air in your house fresh and clean. Use an air purifier if necessary. If using forced air conditioning and heating in your house, be sure to have the ducts and filters cleaned and maintenance regularly. In addition, dusting and vacuuming your house on a regular basis can help eliminate the dust and pollen which have settled inside.
- If over-the-counter antihistamines are not working for you, consult your doctor for a prescription medication or to discuss other alternative treatments.
These tried-and-true techniques can help you beat seasonal allergies to the punch. Using these tips now and throughout the spring can help you stay healthy and comfortable this allergy season.