Eight Things You Can Do To Reduce Seasonal Allergy Symptoms
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, spring may not be your favorite time of year. Sneezing, congestion and other allergy symptoms are at the least inconvenient, but when the pollen count is high, allergy sufferers can feel fully miserable. Take these simple steps to increase your awareness of seasonal allergy triggers and lower their effects.
What to Look For
- Pollen Count: Did you know most news outlets share the pollen count in the spring months? Tuning in to local media can keep you informed, especially on days the count is high. Weather apps can also send this information right to your phone.
- Weather Forecast: Pollen will always be worse on dry, windy days and less after it rains. Being aware of the weather can help you reduce your exposure to pollen.
- Time of Day: Pollen counts are at their highest in the early morning. Planning outdoor activities later in the day can help reduce suffering.
What to Do
- Keep Pollen Out: Keeping your doors and windows closed, especially at night, can help keep pollen out of your home.
- Keep Indoor Air Clean: Instead of having the windows open, run your air conditioner and ensure that you’re using high-efficiency filters.
- Regularly Clean Surfaces: Wipe down surfaces more often than usual and vacuum regularly. If your vacuum does not have a HEPA filter, making that switch can make a big difference.
- Be Prepared: If you know the pollen count will be high and you have outdoor activities, take over-the-counter allergy medication before your seasonal symptoms start.
- Talk To Your Doctor: If nothing seems to help, it’s probably time to ask an expert. It’s possible your allergies are caused by something other than pollen and a primary care doctor can help you navigate this discomfort to find solutions.
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