Tips for Surviving the Allergy Season

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Lady with allergiesIf you are one of the unlucky many who struggle through spring with a stuffy and runny nose, Itchy and watery eyes, sore throat and even sinusitis, asthma or skin rashes, you probably have mixed feelings about the end of winter.





Some of these suggestions might help you survive the spring allergy season:

  • Watch the Weather Network for pollen counts for your location. There is much more pollen around during the warmer parts of the day, so if you can bear avoiding the sun after the long winter, do most of your outdoor activities in the mornings and evenings. Wear a facemask while you work in your garden.

  • Allergy symptoms are largely cause by the body’s release of histamines in response to stimuli that it incorrectly identifies as threatening. Over-the-counter non-sedating antihistamines curb this response and prevent many of the symptoms. A saline nasal spray can fight off nasal stuffiness and antihistamine eye drops can relieve eye itchiness and watering.
  • Keep your home pollen and dust-free.

    • Use dust mite-proof pillow casings on your bed.
    • Shower in the evenings to keep pollen and dust off your bed. Do not hang sheets outside to dry.
    • Change your clothes when you come in from outside.
    • Brush your pet daily and keep it out of your bedroom.
    • Change air conditioning filters regularly.
    • Install a central vacuum system recommended by your doctor or on Asthma and Allergy Friendly certification program.
    • Portable vacuum cleaners cannot clean the air in the house. If you can afford it, consider an air dehumidifier to keep the air cool and dry.
  • Keep your car pollen and dust-free.

    • Clean your car more regularly during the spring.
    • change the air conditioner’s filters.
    • Keep the windows up while driving.
    • If it is not too much effort, keep pollen and dust off the carpets by driving in shoes that stay in the car.
    • Pull covers over the seats that you can easily remove and wash.

If none of these suggestions help, you may need to see your doctor to help you build immunity against your particular allergen.