If you’re like me, the first sighting of a robin in the spring comes with some mixed emotions. It’s great seeing the first sign of spring and waiting for the warm weather that will follow, but that tear in my eye isn’t from my anticipation of the beautiful blooming flowers. It’s actually the itchy irritation of my eyes telling me that my springtime allergies are back. Soon to follow are the runny and congested nose and those lovely sneezing attacks.
While sometimes it seems necessary to take allergy medication to remedy those pesky symptoms, there are actually several measures you can take to avoid outdoor triggers and remain functional during any allergy season.
What are you allergic to?
The first step is figuring out what you are allergic to. If your allergies hit in the spring, like mine, that probably means you are allergic to tree pollens. Summer allergy symptoms usually coincide with grass and weed pollen allergies and late summer symptoms often arise because of allergies to ragweed and other weed pollens. However, if you want to specifically determine what you are allergic to you can speak with your doctor. Once you know what you are allergic to, you can more easily avoid what is causing your symptoms.
Why should you avoid exposure to your allergen?
The most obvious reason to avoid allergen exposure is to lessen or prevent your allergy symptoms, but there are other benefits to avoiding your allergen. Reducing your exposure to your allergen can also help you manage your symptoms without the aid of medication. Additionally, by avoiding your allergen you can reduce your chances of developing a long-term allergy or even sinusitis, an infection of the sinus.
How can you avoid exposure to outdoor allergens?
Stay inside when pollen counts are high. Pollen counts are generally lowest just after sunrise and highest midday and through the afternoon, but can be monitored on local weather reports. Keep windows and doors closed whenever possible to limit the amount of pollen or mold spores that enter your house. You can also shower or remove pollen-ridden clothes when returning inside.
These tips could help you manage your seasonal allergy symptoms and even reduce your need for allergy medication.
What do you do to reduce your allergy symptoms and make those seasonal allergies more bearable?