Spring brings a lot of enjoyable things- warmer weather, longer days, spring sports and blooming flowers. Spring also brings along pesky seasonal allergies. You may find yourself suffering from the effects of seasonal springtime allergies- itchy, watery eyes; sneezing; nasal congestion and pressure headaches are all common this time of the year. However, you can take steps to minimize your exposure to allergens and avoid those stuffy situations this spring. Check out our list to get ready for allergy season.
Limit Your Exposure
Check your local weather reports for days on when pollen counts will be the highest. Try to adjust your schedule to accommodate outdoor activities on days when pollen counts will be the lowest. Pollen counts tend to be highest in the mornings, so try to schedule outdoor appointments and activities in the afternoon or evening hours.
Get Your Home Ready
You can prepare your indoor environment for spring allergy season as well. Take these simple steps to ensure your home and office are ready for allergy season:
- Change your air filter, and change it regularly during peak seasons
- Get a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers can help filter indoor air which can help purify and remove allergens
- Dust and wipe down surfaces often
- Keep windows closed as much as possible
Sometimes not all allergen exposure can be prevented. Microscopic pollen particles tend to find their way indoors and on surfaces we touch every day. When do you find yourself in need of some relief, try one of these methods to feel better quickly:
- Over-the-counter medications tend to be the first line of defense for most people. There are several on the market and you might have to try a few before you find the best fit.
- Try a Neti Pot or other nasal irrigation system
- Most allergy shots are now available in droplet form for those who aren’t a fan of needles. A doctor’s prescription and visit is needed in most cases, so they can monitor your exposure to the allergen.