Spring is the time of year we usually think of seasonal allergies. As trees start to bloom and the pollen becomes airborne allergy sufferers begin their annual ritual of sniffling and sneezing.
In many parts of the US springtime allergies start as early as February and last until summer. Although there is no cure for spring allergies, there are a number of ways to combat them from medications to household habits.
*ALLERGY PROOF YOUR HOME
A few changes around the house can help you breathe easier. Shut the windows to keep out pollen. Use an air conditioner to cool your home instead of a fan which draws air in from the outside and pollen along with it. And while it might be tempting to line dry clothes or sheets in warmer weather, DON’T! They will only collect pollen while they hang outside.
*PROTECT YOURSELF EARLY
Start taking medications early before your eyes get watery and you are sneezing nonstop. Antihistamines for adults and children can help with sniffles and a runny nose. Nasal sprays can help but they sometimes take several days to work.
*LIMIT YOUR TIME OUTDOORS
Each spring trees release billions of tiny pollen grams into the air. When you breathe them into your nose and lungs they can cause allergy reactions. Stayinside on windy days and during the early morning hours when pollen counts are the highest.
*WEAR SUNGLASSES TO KEEP POLLEN OUT OF YOUR EYES
A filter mask can also help if you are working in the garden or mowing the grass.
Smoking can make allergy symptoms worse. If you or someone you live with smokes, now is the time to stop before the pollen counts get high.
And as always if you have questions about spring allergies and how to lessen the affect contact your healthcare provider today!