Spring has arrived, which means that seasonal allergies are here too. Here's some helpful advice to help combat the symptoms of being exposed to seasonal allergens.
1) Pay attention to pollen counts. On days when pollen counts are high, limit your time outdoors. Pollen counts tend to be highest during the early morning hours, on windy days, and on stormy days. Clothes hung to dry outdoors can gather pollen; It is best to use other drying options during pollen season.
2) Protect yourself from allergens. Using saline rinses for your nose regularly can help keep your nose clear and may reduce symptoms.
3) Speak with your doctor about appropriate allergy medication. There are different options depending on your symptoms – from antihistamines to nasal sprays or allergy shots. Work with your doctor to find the right solution for you and stick to it.
4) Take your allergy medication as prescribed. Many allergy medications, including nasal treatments, work best if taken on a regular basis to help not only treat symptoms but prevent them.
5) Make your environment as allergy-proof as possible. Shut your windows at home (especially where you sleep), take your shoes off at the door, minimize clutter that collects dust, use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter, wash your bedding with hot water to kill dust mites weekly, and avoid any exposure to smoke.
Did you know that there is some evidence to suggest that wearing a mask helps reduce your exposure to allergens like pollen, dust, and mold?