How to Nip Seasonal Allergies in the Bud

How to Nip Seasonal Allergies in the Bud

Allergy Strategies

Spring is here, and warmer days are slowly streaming in, which is needed after a cold winter season. Unfortunately, spring also means allergy season is here. Allergies and the symptoms that occur with this condition can make any person miserable, as you are left to deal with sneezing, itchy eyes, coughing, congestion, or a nose that runs like a faucet. Allergies can almost feel like a kick in the gut, especially to a person who generally enjoys being outside during a warm and sunny spring day. When you are contending with the symptoms of allergies, it can be hard to enjoy the outdoors, or anything for that matter. Luckily, there are allergy strategies you can try to help keep your symptoms under control so you can fully embrace your day.

Allergies can be a drag, and can easily rain on anyone’s party while they are out enjoying the great outdoors. Between the blooming trees and the budding flowers, there’s no room for escape. Luckily, by implementing these simple allergy strategies into your daily routine, you can help keep your symptoms under control.

• A quick and effective way to flush out mucus and allergens from your nose is to use a nasal irrigation device. Rinsing your nasal passages is an effective way to relieve congestion and can help put a stop to those annoying allergy symptoms.

• While allergens are bound to enter your home (there’s no true escape), there are ways you can help keep your indoor air clean. Using the air conditioner and a dehumidifier to keep the moisture out of the air can help you breathe easy, as well as utilizing HEPA filters on your vacuum cleaner, portable air purifier, and on your forced heating and air conditioner vents.

• If you are looking for the best time to go outside that has the lowest amounts of pollen in the air, then head outdoors after a good rain shower. The rain can help clear the pollen from the air. Just make sure you avoid going outdoors on dry, windy days as much as possible.

• If you are highly allergic to pollen, remove the clothes you were wearing outside once you enter the house and make sure you leave your shoes by the door! The last thing that you want is to track pollen and other allergens across the house. Also, be sure to shower so you can rinse the pollen off of your hair and skin.

• While you might be interested in being “green,” the last thing you want to do when you have bad allergies is to hang your laundry outside to dry. While this may be more eco-friendly, it’s acting like a fly trap in a sense, since pollen can easily stick to your wet clothes, towels, and sheets. In this case, utilize your clothes dryer.

• In the morning, check out the forecasts so you can plan your day accordingly. If you know that the pollen counts are going to be high, you can take your medication ahead of time (before your symptoms start), close your windows, and avoid going outside during the early morning hours. During that time of day, pollen counts are at their highest.

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