4 Tips for Seasonal Allergies
Spring has arrived – and with it budding trees, flowers and grass. After a long winter, many welcome warmer weather. But if you suffer from seasonal allergies, enjoying the outdoors can be a challenge because of all the pollens in the air. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimate about 50 million Americans suffer from nasal allergies.
Symptoms can include:
- Runny nose and mucus production
- Itchy nose, eyes, ears or mouth
- Stuffy nose
- Red, watery eyes
- Swelling around eye
Follow these tips to help prevent and treat your spring allergies – so you can enjoy the outdoor activities you love!
Start Taking Allergy Medicine before the Season Starts
Many health care providers recommend starting allergy medicine before allergy season actually starts. Histamines are released in your body when exposed to allergens. This causes inflammation that leads to allergy symptoms. By taking medicine before you have symptoms, you can better control the inflammation. There are many over-the-counter and prescription options available.
Monitor Pollen Counts
Websites like pollen.com or weather.com offer daily allergy reports. You can even subscribe to alerts – so on days when those pollen counts are extra high, you can avoid going outside. Make sure to also close your windows on high-pollen days.
Cover Your Hair and Eyes
Wearing items like hats and sunglasses can help prevent pollen and other allergens from getting in your hair and eyes.
Washing your hands and face after being outside can help remove pollens. You should also bathe and shampoo your hair on a daily basis before going to sleep so you don’t spread allergens to your bedding.
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