Spring is one of the greatest times of the year. The cold from winter is receding and flowers and trees are blooming. However, if you’re one of many who suffers from seasonal allergies then it also means sneezing, congestion, and a runny nose. But don’t give up hope! In this article we will discuss ways to combat seasonal allergies and keep yourself feeling happy and healthy.
Stay up to Date on Pollen
Websites that track airborne allergens and their daily levels are great ways to stay up to date on the current pollen count and the pollen forecast. Knowing when certain trees and flowers are going to bloom will help you know when to prepare for when your allergies will be at their worst.
Reduce Your Exposure
Some of the ways you can reduce your exposure to allergen triggers is by staying inside on dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is after a good rain. Rain helps to clear pollen from the air. Avoid certain tasks that might flair up your allergies. Mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, and gardening are all tasks that could make your allergies flare up. If you must do tasks like these remove the clothes that you wore right after you go back inside to limit your exposure.
Keep Indoor Air and Surfaces Clean
Set reminders to replace your home and car’s air filters at the recommended times. Allergy specific air filters can be purchased to help control these levels inside your home. Specialized air filters can be purchased if you want to be extra careful. Look for a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter for the best results. Clean floors, vacuum rugs and carpets, and wipe down surfaces in your home often.
Over the Counter Remedies
Thankfully modern medicine has provided a wide range of nonprescription medication that can help you ease your allergy symptoms. Antihistamines are a great way to help relieve sneezing, itching, and a runny nose. Decongestants can provide temporary relief from nasal stuffiness. Nasal sprays are another great way to open your nasal passages.
Nasal irrigation is a wonderful non-medicated way to relieve nasal congestion. Rinsing directly flushes out mucus and allergens from your nose. Look for a squeeze bottle or a neti pot at your pharmacy or drugstore. Make sure to use filtered water and iodized salt when irrigating your sinuses.
Seek a Doctors Help
If nothing is able to relieve your allergy symptoms it might be time to visit a doctor. Your doctor may recommend skin or blood tests to determine what allergens trigger your symptoms. For some people allergy shots provide significant relief.
We hope that this allergy season isn't a doozy but if things get crazy we hope that these tips will help! Thanks for reading and share this advice with your friends and family if you feel it will be beneficial.