Spring is in full bloom, and so are itchy eyes, sneezing, and scratchy throats. That’s right, allergy season is in full bloom, too. Pollen counts have continued to rise over the past month, but here’s how you can fight back before pollen attacks:
- Keep those windows closed
The cool night breeze may feel nice and save you from turning on your A/C at night, but if you suffer from allergies, letting pollen into your house will definitely make your allergies worse. So, remember to let everyone in your house know that open windows are a no-no during allergy season, and yes, that includes car rides. Keep your windows up, and A/C on. If your allergies are really bad, invest in an air purifier with a HEPA filter. This will remove pollen, mold spores, pet dander, dust, and other allergens from the air so that you can breathe comfortably in your own home.
- Pollen count counts
Be sure to keep an eye on the pollen count before you go on about your day. You can take medications and other precautions to help keep your symptoms at bay.
- Mask up
Masks are now becoming optional for vaccinated people in public areas; however, research shows that wearing a mask or scarf around your nose and mouth may help when it comes to seasonal allergies (as well as the common cold or the flu).
Taking preventative measures is important when it comes to allergies, so if you know that you have seasonal allergies, start taking your allergy medication before your allergies become a nuisance. There are several over-the-counter medications you can take including oral antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays, and combination medications.
- Shower at the end of the day
Let’s be real, it’s almost summer and allergies should not stop you from enjoying the outdoors. However, after a hike or any outdoor activity, be sure to shower before bed (and yes, wash your hair, too). Pollen sticks to our clothing, skin, and hair, and the last thing you want is to transfer that head-full of pollen onto the pillow that you sink your face into every night.
Let’s keep the red, itchy eyes, scratchy throats, and sneezing to a minimum!