Spring Allergy Relief Tips and Suggestions
by Diane Quinn
No amount of makeup can cover puffy eyes and a red nose caused by spring allergy symptoms. Do you dread spring and fall and wish you could simply pull a sack over your head? There are no magic bullets for cures, but there are spring allergy remedies that might help.
Not only are your eyes puffy, but they also water constantly and appear vampire bloodshot. As if that isn’t bad enough, you sneeze, wheeze and cough in ways that embarrass you when you’re around others. Usually your nose turns red from blowing it all the time, and it’s very hard to breathe due to congestion. And don’t forget dry, itchy skin and hives.
Seasonal allergy relief
You can minimize your symptoms by being proactive and taking charge of your allergy relief. Be aware that if you smoke, the habit is an allergy trigger.
- Check the day’s pollen count. Many television weather stations and weather websites offer this information.
- When pollen counts are high, avoid outdoor activities if possible. Keep in mind that pollen counts are at their highest in the morning.
- If your doctor has prescribed a prescription allergy medication or you use an over-the-counter product, be sure to take it as prescribed every day. Doctors recommend taking allergy medications before bedtime so that it has time to circulate through your system and is ready to work in the morning.
- Exercise indoors on days when pollen is high. If you have yard work that must be done, ask or pay someone else to do it. However, if those aren’t options, wear a face mask that filters pollen from reaching your nasal passages when you’re outside.
- Stay indoors with the windows closed and your air conditioning turned on during high pollen days.
- Always leave any outside work clothing in the laundry room before coming indoors, and take a shower immediately and wash your hair. Even if you aren’t working outside, but still have exposure, it’s a good idea to wash your hair every day before bedtime.
- Introduce plants around your home that are low-allergenic, such as ornamental grasses, certain trees and shrubs. In many cases, flowering vegetation that depends upon insect pollination fall into this category because their pollen is too heavy to become airborne.
Other allergy relief
Dust mites, molds and pets also produce unpleasant allergic reactions that are in a different class than spring allergies. If you don’t know the source of your allergy symptoms, an allergy doctor can perform a simple skin test that will reveal the true source of your trigger(s), and treatment will be recommended.
In certain circumstances, your condition can improve if you learn how to reduce dust accumulation in your home, use deep cleaning methods or incorporate the use of a dehumidifier. However, if getting rid of your cat or dog isn’t an option, don’t let the animal spread dander into your bedroom.