Runny nose. Sneezing. Itchy eyes. Seasonal allergies are back. The symptoms are annoying, but fortunately there are ways to get them under control. Here are some of the most effective ways to manage your allergies.
Monitor pollen counts
Seasonal allergy symptoms tend to flare up when there’s a large amount of pollen in the air. Stay indoors during the early morning hours and on dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is right after it rains.
Wear a face covering
Any type of face covering – cloth or medical grade – may help reduce the amount of pollen and allergens that can enter your nose and mouth. This can help you experience fewer allergy symptoms.
Delegate landscaping and gardening tasks
Less exposure to pollen and allergens can help reduce symptoms. Especially on days when there is a large amount of pollen in the air, it’s best to stay indoors to avoid exposure.
Shower after spending time outside
A quick shower can help remove any pollen or allergens that are lingering on your skin. If you were outside, it might also help to toss your clothes in the wash or leave them in the laundry room. Just don’t put them outside, which allows them to collect additional pollen.
Close windows at night
Although it’s refreshing to sleep with an open window, it’s likely to worsen your allergy symptoms. Keep the windows closed – especially at night – to keep your bedroom clear of pollen and other allergens.
: Use a portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter
A HEPA filter can remove particles from the air that can worsen allergy symptoms. Keep in mind, particles aren’t only in the air. Make sure you vacuum and wash bed linens regularly, keep pets away from your sleeping area, and dust and mop floors to remove any allergens that may be tracked into your home.
Turn on the air conditioning in your house and car
Air conditioning can help improve air quality by filtering out irritating air particles. It also keeps the humidity low, which can help keep mold and fungus at bay. Just make sure you regularly replace your air filter to avoid circulating allergens throughout your home.
Rinse your sinuses
Running a homemade saltwater or pre-made saline solution through your nasal passages can help flush out allergens so you can breathe easier.
Try over-the-counter allergy medications
There are a number of over-the-counter allergy medications that may help relieve your symptoms. To find the medication that is the best match for your symptoms, talk to your pharmacist or personal doctor.
Get help for allergy symptoms
If you need help managing seasonal allergy symptoms, talk to your personal doctor. To find a personal doctor near you, talk to your health insurance provider.