If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies, you know what it feels like this time of the year. Itchy eyes and sneezing can make you miserable. Here are some expert tips to help you feel better this allergy season:
How to Deal with Allergies During a Tough Season
While there’s no cure for seasonal allergies, there are things you can do to avoid triggers that cause symptoms to flare up and some treatments that can help lessen them. Here are some good ways to help you survive the allergy season:
Constantly check the pollen count.
By regularly checking your local pollen counts, you can plan your outside activities accordingly. Generally speaking, it’s best to go outside just after a downpour because the rain drags airborne pollen particles to the ground. If you have to do yard work, wearing a mask is advised.
Avoid extended time outside.
Since pollen counts tend to be high in the morning, with peak times in the middle of the day, it’s best to go outside during the late afternoon or early evening. This is also a good time to exercise outside if you suffer from allergies, but make sure to shower afterwards to rinse away any pollen that may have collected in your hair.
Change out of your clothes immediately.
If you’ve spent time outside, make sure to remove your shoes outside, throw your clothes into the hamper, and change into new clothes. This will help prevent you from dragging allergens throughout your home.
Take allergy medication.
Avoiding all triggers isn’t realistic, but there are many over-the-counter medications, such as antihistamines, that can offer some relief on high-pollen count days. If these don’t provide enough relief, talk to your doctor about prescription allergy medications.
If over-the-counter medications or prescription allergy medications aren’t working, your doctor may recommend getting a series of allergy shots that contain the pollen you’re allergic to, which helps your body build up immunity.
Managing Your Seasonal Allergies with Baptist Health
If you need more information about how to deal with your seasonal allergies, find a Baptist Health provider near you or schedule an appointment online today to see an allergist. If this is an emergency, please call 911.