Simple Strategy Tips for Spring Allergiesby on May 4th, 2016
Who else is loving the warm weather? The temps are perfect for getting outside to exercise and play. However, for those of us with allergies, the spring weather can leave us feeling pretty yucky. Does the warmer weather bring swollen and itchy eyes, sneezing and a runny nose for you?
If you are an allergy sufferer, here are some strategy tips to help you feeling symptom-free:
1. Limit your time outdoors. Stay inside on windy days and during early morning hours when pollen counts are highest. When you do head outdoors, wear glasses or sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes. If your allergies cause respiratory symptoms, a filter mask is an excellent idea when you mow the lawn or work in the garden.
When you come inside from your outdoor fun—make sure to take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes. (This helps keep the allergens off of you.)
2. Allergy Proof Your Home.
a. Shut all windows to keep out pollen. Use an air conditioner to cool your home, if needed. Also, make sure you change any air filters.
b. Take off your shoes at the door and ask guests to do the same. No need to bring allergens in your house.
c. Keep your floors clean. Vacuum with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. These filters trap 99.97% of microscopic particles in the air.
d. Don’t line-dry clothes or sheets. They’ll collect pollen while they hang outside.
e. Don’t be smoke or be around second smoke, as this will only make allergy symptoms worse.
3. Take your allergy medicine. Discuss with your primary care provider or your pharmacist options for allergy relief. Over the counter allergy medications can help with the sniffles and runny nose. Antihistamines, which block your body’s response to allergies, usually work in less than an hour. Please read package instructions carefully, as some allergy medications can make you drowsy. Again, check with your pharmacist or healthcare provider for specific questions regarding allergy medications, especially if you have any other medical conditions.