Seasonal allergies are officially in full swing. While spring means getting to enjoy blooming flowers and budding trees, it can also mean a long list of annoying symptoms for allergy sufferers. Sneezing, congestion, and itchy eyes is just the beginning of what you may be going through. Thankfully, there are a few tactics that can help reduce your symptoms as the weather heats up and pollen counts continue to rise.
If you know what you’re allergic to, you can begin to reduce your exposure to the allergen. Reducing exposure is a simple task. Start by avoiding the outdoor chores of the home such as grass cutting and weed pulling. Then, stay indoors on dry and windy days. If you want to enjoy the outdoor scenery you should do so after a nice rain. The moisture helps to clear pollen from the air and will prevent an allergy flare. Finally, wash your hands and clothes after coming in from being outdoors.
Monitor Pollen Counts
The local news gives reports on pollen counts in your area. On a day you know the counts will be high, stay inside with the doors and windows shut. If you have to go outside you should take an antihistamine allergy medication before your symptoms begin. Nasal sprays and general decongestants can also be used if you begin to notice symptoms. Use this time indoors to keep the inside of your home clean, including the air. Check your HEPA filter at the beginning of the allergy season to ensure any debris and irritants are pulled out of the air in your home. You can keep the indoor air dry with a dehumidifier, further reducing the amount of pollen in the air.
Cleaning Nasal Passages
Rinsing your nasal passages is a great way to clear out allergens and mucus while reducing inflammation. When you begin to notice the first signs of seasonal allergies, irrigate your sinuses with a neti pot. Be sure to use sterile or distilled water during this rinsing process.
For long-term allergy prevention, speak with your doctor to find out if allergy shots are right for you. They work to develop an immunity to allergens overtime. Eventually, you may not have to treat your seasonal allergies at all! Proper allergy prevention requires allergy testing in order to know exactly what your allergens are.
Allergies have the potential to ruin your spring and summer, but you don’t have to let them!