Along with new flowers and warmer temperatures comes pollen season. If you have seasonal allergies, you have probably begun to experience some of the irritating symptoms as spring arrives.
The itchy eyes, runny nose, and sneezing don’t have to keep you from experiencing spring outdoors, however. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you get through allergy season, while also enjoying spring.
A rainy day will wash away a lot of the pollen and clear the air a bit, making it a better time to go outside. A dry or especially windy day, on the other hand, will carry more pollen through the air.
Any clothes you’ve worn outside will collect pollen and should be washed as soon as you take them off. Additionally, avoid hanging washed clothes and other laundry like bedding or towels outside to dry.
Before you start yard work or other outdoor chores, do a quick check on the pollen level forecast for the day.
There are plenty of allergens inside too. Here are a few steps you can take to keep your home allergen free.
The most well-known allergy relief medications are antihistamines. These will relieve the most common symptoms like runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, and sneezing. Cetirizine (Zyrtec), Loratadine (Claritin), and fexofenadine (Allegra) are some of the most common allergy relieving antihistamines and can be found at most drug stores.
You can also try common decongestants like Sudafed to help with some seasonal allergy symptoms.
These allergy medications will be most effective if taken before symptoms even start. So if you see that pollen levels are forecasted to be high, it might be a good idea to go ahead and take some allergy relief medication.
Many people have turned to more natural sources to find relief for allergy symptoms. Some of these include
You can also breathe in steam sitting with your face over a bowl of boiling water and a towel draped over your head. This can be done several times a day.
Sometimes you try everything you can to relieve allergy symptoms and nothing works. When this happens, its time to see if a doctor can help.
Crisp Regional has a team of doctors that work specifically on helping you determine what causes your allergy symptoms and on finding the treatment options that would be best for you.
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