Limit Time Spent Outdoors
During the Spring time, trees release billions of tiny pollen grains into the air. Breathing these pollens into your nose and lungs can trigger an allergic reaction. Staying inside can help, particularly on windy days and during the early morning hours, when pollen counts are highest.
Before going outdoors, make sure to put on some sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes. When mowing the lawn or working in the garden, a filter mask may also help. Always take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes once you head back inside. Otherwise, you will bring the pollen into your home.
Take Allergy Medicine
Allergy medicine can help adults and children with sniffles and a runny nose. Antihistamines, which block your body’s response to allergies, typically work in an hour or less. However, make sure to read the package carefully, as some older drugs such as chloropheniramine, clemastine and diphenhydramine can make you drowsy.
We suggest using a nasal spray for more severe allergies, but don’t expect symptoms to just vanish right away. It may take a few days for nasal sprays to work. They have side effects such as burning, dryness or nosebleeds, so make sure to use the lowest dose that controls your symptoms.
Protect Yourself Early On
Medicine should be taken long before your eyes get water and you are sneezing nonstop. Start taking medicine at least one week before the season begins so it will be in your system by the time you need it.
Tweak Your Home
Making simple changes in your home can make all the difference. Shut all windows to keep pollen out. Using your air conditioner to cool your home instead of a fan, which draws in air from outside. Also, take off your shoes at the door and ask guests to do the same, as this keeps allergens outside.
Using a a vacuum that has a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter to clean your floor traps 99.97% of microscopic particles in the air. Avoid line-drying clothes or sheets in warmer weather, as they will collect pollen while they hang outside.
Lastly, don’t smoke. Smoking can make allergy symptoms works. If you or someone you live with smokes, now is a good time to quit. If you start to smoke again, start over.
These are just a few ways to beat allergies and survive the Spring allergy season. Always talk to your doctor before beginning any new medication. Don’t hesitate to contact us here at Brashear Family Medical Center with the link below for more information!