Spring can never seem to get here soon enough after a long, cold winter. And just when we can’t possibly wait another day, the April showers bring May flowers – and we all rejoice in the warmth and sunshine! Unless, of course, you happen to be one of the many people suffering from seasonal allergies, then you might feel differently. Runny noses. Scratchy throats. Itchy, watery eyes. Sneezes. Wheezes. They all blow in with those warm spring breezes. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help keep your allergies from raining on your spring parade.
Know your triggers and limit exposure.
Spring’s main allergy trigger is pollen. And it can come from trees, grasses and weeds releasing their tiny grains into the air to fertilize other plants. Dry and windy days in the spring can make any allergy sufferer more than miserable – and pollen counts tend to be at their highest in the early morning. Try to stay indoors as much as possible on days like these. If you can’t stay inside – which, let’s face it – most of us can’t, it’s important to change out of the clothes you wore while you were out and take a quick shower to rinse the pollen out of your hair and off of your skin. And while we all love the smell of clean clothes dried in the warm sun, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, this is a no-no. The pollen gets easily trapped on clothes, towels and sheets that are drying outside. Of course, there is an upside to limiting your pollen exposure. It means you get to find someone else in the family to take care of those fun outside chores like lawn mowing and weed pulling!
Keep your indoor air allergen-free.
While it may not be 100% allergen-free, there are some precautionary measures you can take to get the air you’re breathing inside as clean as possible. You can start by keeping your doors and windows to your house closed – especially when pollen counts are high. The same would go for your car windows – use that A/C! Also, use a dehumidifier to keep the air nice and dry. HEPA filters on your vacuum and in air filters for your bedroom can also help to keep allergens to a minimum indoors. It’s also a good idea to have a regular schedule for changing all the filters in your A/C or any other air filter to maintain good air quality.
Even taking every precaution you can think of to eliminate your allergy triggers may not prevent allergy symptoms entirely. If you find yourself still suffering, there are several over-the-counter treatments to try. There are nasal sprays, antihistamines and decongestants – all can be of great help. It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor in order to see what your best route to relief will be. You might also try rinsing your sinuses with a saline nasal spray or a neti pot to help relieve nasal congestion – and clear your nasal passages of any irritants.
At the end of the day, spring allergies can really put a damper on your warm weather excitement. But we hope these suggestions will have you better prepared to nip those runny noses and itchy eyes in the bud! If you’d like even more information on dealing with spring allergy season, please just let us know.