Spring is the season of new beginnings. Warmer days, more sun, budding
flowers…and spring allergies. Fortunately, there are ways to help
minimize the effects of those pesky allergies.
As trees, grass and flowering plants bloom and grow in the spring, they
release pollen, an allergen that often wreaks havoc on our health, causing
symptoms like coughing, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose.
While there isn’t a “cure” for these allergies, we have
a few tips that can help you keep them at bay.
Keep the windows closed. Yes, we know: The warmer weather makes us want to open up the windows
and let the fresh air in, both in our homes and in our cars. But if you
suffer from seasonal allergies, this can be problematic.
Opening up the windows allows pollen into your car or home, so as the temperatures
warm up, run your air conditioning and fans instead.
Clear off the pollen. As you go about your day, particularly if you spend a good bit of time
outdoors, pollen accumulates on your clothes, hair and skin. If you’re
usually affected by spring allergies, you may want to change up your routine a bit.
When pollen counts are high, change clothes shortly after coming home,
leave your shoes outside the door, and start taking showers at night rather
than in the morning. These easy tweaks will help remove lingering pollen
and keep it from infiltrating your home.
Take your workout indoors. If your allergies are mild, you’ll probably be fine exercising outdoors
on most days. But if your allergies are severe or the pollen count is
high, try indoor activities instead.
Pollen count is particularly high early in the morning and late in the
evening, so stick to hours in the middle of the day if you’re looking
to get a workout in outdoors. And your best bet? Exercise outdoors in
the hours after it rains, when the pollen has temporarily cleared away.
Find the right allergy medication. If you’re a frequent allergy sufferer, talk with your doctor about
your symptoms and what types of over-the-counter and prescription medications
might work best.
There are a variety of options available, including decongestants and antihistamines
in tablet and nasal spray formulas, as well as eye drops.
Need help managing your allergy symptoms? Find a doctor here.