Springtime is a beautiful time of year. Trees start budding and the flowers are blooming, but this can cause big problems for people with allergies. Over 35 million people in America suffer from some type of allergies, but there are ways to find allergy relief.
Causes of Spring Allergies
When the weather starts to warm up, plants start blooming and release pollen into the air. This pollen is then blown into the air where it is inhaled by the allergy sufferer. Different areas of the country have different types of pollen, but the most common allergens are grass, trees, and ragweed. These plants and trees release pollen from March until September. Mold can also be more prevalent, especially if it is a damp, rainy spring.
Allergy symptoms include sneezing, watery or itchy eyes, sinus congestions, runny nose, and postnasal drip. These symptoms can range from mild to severe. The symptoms can sometimes mimic having a cold. But whether you have a cold or allergies, finding relief is important.
Managing Allergy Symptoms
If you plan to spend time outdoors, there are steps you can take to minimize your allergy symptoms. Check weather forecasts and pollen counts before heading out. If there are strong winds, which will blow lots of pollen around, you may want to stay inside for the day. Pollen levels are usually lowest during the early morning, mid-day, and late afternoon hours. High humidity can cause pollen levels to rise. Sunglasses can help to keep pollen out of your eyes and wearing a hat can help to pollen out of your face.
To minimize allergies while inside, keep doors and windows shut and turn on the heat or air conditioning if you need to. Change the air filters on your heating and cooling systems every month. You may also want to consider using a special air filter that is made to trap pollen and other allergens. Dust and vacuum your house regularly to keep dust and pollen levels down. Air purifiers will help to keep pollen levels down inside your home. If you spend time outside during the day, you should take a shower to remove pollen from your skin and hair before you go to bed. You should also wash any clothes that were worn outside.
Use Your Clothes Dryer
You may like to hang your clothes outside to dry, but if you suffer from allergies it’s wise to use your clothes dryer instead. Hanging clothes, towels, or linens outside will collect pollen, which will then be brought into your house. If you have clothes that you don’t want to dry in the clothes dryer, consider buying a drying rack that you can set up in your basement or laundry room.
Getting Relief from Symptoms
There are many over the counter products that will offer relief from allergy symptoms. Antihistamines help reduce allergy symptoms, but can cause drowsiness. Decongestant nose sprays can offer short term relief, but can lose effectiveness if they are used too long. Also available are antihistamine drops for watery, itchy eyes. Throat lozenges or cough drops can be used to soothe a sore scratchy throat.
If the over the counter products do not offer relief from allergy symptoms, your doctor may prescribe a nasal steroid spray or other prescription allergy relief products. If allergies are severe you may want to consider allergy shots, which offer long-term relief from allergy symptoms.
Desmond Kramer is a freelance writer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Desmond frequently writes on germs, health, disease prevention, medicine, cleaning strategies, home maintenance and other topics as well; those in need of assistance in their mission to eliminate germs should visit Valor Janitorial.