Ten Tips to Ease Spring Allergies

April 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm Leave a comment

For millions of Americans, the budding trees and blooming flowers associated with the return of spring means an increase in itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and other allergy symptoms. While many consider allergies to be just a nuisance, in severe cases the symptoms can mimic a bad flu that persists for months.

What can you do to avoid the seasonal suffering? The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology offers the following tips to help allergy sufferers find some relief during peak allergy season:

  1. Do a thorough spring cleaning. Windows, bookshelves and air conditioning vents collect dust and mold throughout the winter that can provoke allergy symptoms.
  2. Minimize outdoor activity when pollen counts are high. Peak pollen times are usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you live in the U.S., you can get up-to-date pollen information for your area from the National Allergy Bureau at www.aaaai.org/nab.
  3. Take medications at least 30 minutes prior to outdoor activity. Consult with an allergist-immunologist to ensure medications are helping you, and notify your doctor when reactions to medications occur.
  4. Shut windows in your house on days pollen counts are high. Avoid using windows or fans that may draw pollen inside.
  5. Wash bedding weekly in hot water.
  6. Dry laundry indoors. Sheets hanging on an outside line are an easy target for blowing pollen.
  7. Shower and wash your hair before bed. Pollen can collect on your hair and skin.
  8. Keep pets off furniture and out of the bedroom. Pollen can cling to the dog or cat after being outside.
  9. Keep car windows closed during peak season. Use air conditioning and point vents away from face.
  10. When mowing lawn or gardening, wear a filter mask.

Entry filed under: Allergies.

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