There are two kinds of people: those who love spring and relish the idea of green grass and budding trees, and those who stock up on allergy medication, unable to enjoy the fresh smell of flowers and grass due to cloggy sinuses. Since allergy season is yet again upon us, we have compiled a short list of tricks that will help you and your loved ones go through these weeks without much ado and an antihistamine overdose.
Treat Your Symptoms Correctly
According to experts, a large number of people suffering from seasonal allergies treat their symptoms with the wrong medication. It’s important to remember that itchy eyes, sneezing, and a constantly runny nose need to be treated with antihistamines, while nasal congestion – aka cloggy sinuses – need a decongestant.
By using the right medicine just as you begin to experience the first symptoms, you can successfully go through spring without too much worry. Moreover, you can also get allergy shots that improve immunity and help decrease the effects of most allergens.
Keep the Window Closed
When springs comes knocking at our door, it’s hard to keep the window closed, especially since winter’s cold didn’t leave us with too much of a choice. However, if there are any people struggling with allergies in the household, it is better to crank up the AC and start opening the window during the summer, when the pollination process ends, and the air becomes spore-free.
Shower as Soon as You Get Home
The best non-medical way to keep your symptoms at bay is to minimize your exposure to allergens. Therefore, it’s best to shower as soon as you get home, making sure to remove all the pollen that stuck to your skin and hair while venturing in the great outdoors.
It’s also a good idea to change your clothes as a great deal of allergens can remain on your shirts, the AC then circulating it through the house.
Technology Is Your Best Friend
Pollen.com has recently released a new Allergy Alert app that can forecast allergies. The app uses the location feature on your phone showing both a complete 4-day allergy outlook and an accurate weather forecast. It also details the predominant pollen floating around each day, a very useful information for those allergic to only one type of pollen.
Summing it Up
To avoid any unpleasant situations during this spring, it’s best to know the difference between allergy medication, keep your windows closed, shower every time you come home, and check the weather and pollen stats before venturing outside.
However, the most important tip of them all must be not to forget to enjoy the warm weather and stick to smelling the metaphorical roses.
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