Spring is such a beautiful time of year. Flowers and trees are blooming, and the grass is getting greener– but for those who suffer springtime allergies, the beauty of spring is hidden by congestion, sneezing, runny nose and other unpleasant symptoms. All the symptoms of springtime allergies can be miserable, but the good news is there are some simple ways you can control springtime allergies and feel relief!
Watch Pollen Counts
You can check the pollen forecast in your area each day. On days when the pollen count is high, be prepared by taking your allergy medication before symptoms start, keep doors and windows closed, and avoid spending time outdoors in the early morning, when pollen counts are at their highest.
Keep Inside Air Clean
You make think you are safe from pollen when you're inside your home with the AC on, but think again. To keep indoor air free from allergens, use a dehumidifier to keep air dry, use a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter in your vacuum cleaner, use HEPA filters in your home's AC, and keep windows closed.
Avoid Yard Work
Avoid mowing the lawn, pulling weeds or doing other yard work, as this can stir up allergens and worsen your symptoms.
Be sure to vacuum twice a week, shake out and wash rugs in the home, and thoroughly clean surfaces that pollen can accumulate on.
Keep Windows Shut
You may feel inclined to toss the windows open and let in a breath of fresh spring air, but doing so can really worsen your allergy symptoms, as wind can blow pollen and other allergens into your air-conditioning system and onto your home's surfaces.
There are numerous over-the-counter allergy medications available to you. You may find relief through oral antihistamines, decongestants, Cromolyn spray, or a combination medication. Ask your doctor or pharmacist what he or she recommends.
When to See a Specialist
If over-the-counter medications and preventative measures do not help in relieving your springtime allergy symptoms, you may want to see your doctor. You doctor may refer you to a specialist for a skin or blood test to see what triggers your allergies, and this can help to determine the best treatment method.
For more information on springtime allergy relief, contact us at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Visit us online to learn more about us and our services or call us at 727-819-2929.