Are you sneezing every time you walk out the door, rubbing at your itchy eyes or have congestion and brain fog that won’t go away? You may be one of the millions of people battling allergies this spring.
Allergies can be frustrating, affect how you feel and your overall health, and feel like your symptoms are never going away. You should always consult your doctor if you are feeling under the weather or have symptoms that go beyond your normal allergy response, but if you know it’s your usual allergies, there are different ways to reduce your symptoms.
Most people have their own favorite seasonal allergy remedy, but check out these tips to help cut down on your sniffling and sneezing:
Decide if it’s really allergies. With flu season not fully shaken and the unpredictable temperature changes during the spring, you’ll need to decide if it’s just allergies or another illness such as a cold or virus. If your congestion lasts longer than two weeks and you don’t have a fever, it’s likely allergies. Your doctor can suggest over-the-counter decongestants and medications to help you get through the season. Consider visiting a Healthy Life Clinic or have a virtual Amwell Telehealth appointment.
Change clothes and shoes as soon as you get home. While the newly blooming trees and other plants are beautiful, you may be bringing their pollen in with you. Pollen can cling to your hands and clothes, so washing your hands, changing when you get home and showering before bed can help remove any yellow dust you brought in with you. Pets can also track pollen in, so if your allergies are bad, try wiping down their paws and fur when they come back in from playing in the yard.
Avoid the outdoors when pollen is at its worst. The warmer weather in temping, but if the morning forecast shows that pollen counts are high, keep your workout indoors and avoid outdoor chores. Your local news or weather app can tell you the pollen levels and risk for allergy sufferers. If you have to do garden or yardwork, wearing a surgical mask can help limit your exposure.
Keep your home’s indoor air clean. You can’t completely remove allergens for the air in your home, but there are ways you can reduce them. Use air conditioning instead of opening windows or doors during high pollen levels, use an air filter in your bedroom, and regularly clean or vacuum floors.