Eight things you can do to reduce seasonal allergy symptoms
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, spring may not be your favorite time of year. Sneezing, congestion and other allergy symptoms are bothersome to say the least, but when pollen counts are high, allergy sufferers can feel downright miserable. Follow these simple steps to learn more about seasonal allergy triggers and reduce their effects.
What to look for
-Pollinic: Did you know that most news outlets share pollen counts in the spring? Listening to local media can keep you informed, especially on days when numbers are high. Weather apps can also send this information directly to your phone.
–Weather forecast: Pollen will always be worse on dry, windy days and less after rain. Being aware of the weather can help you reduce your exposure to pollen.
–Time of the day: Pollen counts are at their highest early in the morning. Planning outdoor activities later in the day can help reduce suffering.
What to do
-Keep the pollen out: Keeping your doors and windows closed, especially at night, can help keep pollen out of your home.
-Keep indoor air clean: Instead of opening the windows, run your air conditioner and be sure to use high-efficiency filters.
–Clean surfaces regularly: Wipe surfaces more often than usual and vacuum regularly. If your vacuum doesn’t have a HEPA filter, this change can make a big difference.
–Be ready : If you know the pollen count will be high and you have outdoor activities, take over-the-counter allergy medication before your seasonal symptoms begin.
-Talk to your doctor: If nothing seems to help, it’s probably time to ask an expert. It’s possible that your allergies are caused by something other than pollen, and a primary care physician can help you work through this discomfort to find solutions.
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