The return of spring has brought many exciting outdoor pleasures, but allergies are definitely not among them.
While many of us look forward to spending our free time outside enjoying the warmer months, those with seasonal allergies dread the endless sneezing, itchy noses, watery eyes, and asthma flare-ups that arrive unwanted this time of year.
Although seasonal changes can be dreaded by those living with allergies or asthma, there are ways to still enjoy outdoor festivities with family and friends this spring and summer while avoiding severe allergy and asthma fare-ups.
Tips to Help Prevent Seasonal Allergies from Keeping You Down
Mayo Clinic offers tips to Nip Seasonal allergies in the bud. If you look forward to the warm spring and summer months but can’t help dreading the toll it takes on your allergies, try these simple strategies.
1. Take steps to reduce exposure to your allergen triggers
- Stay indoors on dry, windy days- the best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.
- Delegate lawn mowing among family members, weed pulling, and other gardening chores that stir up allergens.
- Remove clothes you've worn outside; you may also want to shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.
- Don't hang laundry outside — pollen can stick to sheets and towels.
- Wear a dust mask if you do outside chores.
2. Reduce your exposure when pollen counts are high
- If high pollen counts are forecasted, start taking allergy medications before your symptoms start.
- Close doors and windows at night or any other time when pollen counts are high.
- Avoid outdoor activity in the early morning when pollen counts are highest.
3. Keep your indoor air clean
- Use the air conditioning in your house and car.
- If you have forced air heating or air conditioning in your house, use high-efficiency filters and follow regular maintenance schedules.
- Keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier.
- Use a portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your bedroom.
- Clean floors often with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter.
Don’t let your allergies keep you locked indoors this spring. Play it safe and don't miss out on having some outdoors fun in the sun.