By now, most people are already feeling the effects of Spring and the oncoming allergy season. Pollen levels are already wreaking havoc on many Americans, and they are only expected to get higher.
You might know the symptoms well: that throbbing headache, itchy, watery eyes and runny nose are all signs that your allergies are kicking in. Knowing what allergens you’re sensitive to can give you an advantage when dealing with an allergic reaction. If you know that you are allergic to certain tree pollens, you can prepare for combat ahead of time.
But don’t wait until your allergies have gotten the best of you! Being proactive — like taking over-the-counter antihistamines in advance to prevent symptoms before they begin — is a good first step. The sooner you can treat them the less intense the actual fallout may be.
About 50 million Americans have seasonal allergies according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. There are many ways to minimize occurrences of allergic reactions as well as prevent them altogether. Here are a few of our favorite allergy-busting tips!
- Know your allergy triggers to avoid them.
- Take antihistamines about a half hour prior to going outdoors.
- Limit time spent outdoors during peak hours and on days with high pollen counts.
- Avoid yard work, or wear gloves and a filter mask when gardening.
- Try not to touch your eyes after being exposed to allergens.
- Wash your hands and hair when coming in from outside and leave shoes at the door.
- Keep your home clean; wash throw rugs and change bed sheets often.
- Use an air conditioner, preferably with a HEPA filter.
- Invest in a sealed HEPA vacuum cleaner.
- Use a quality air purifier.
Practicing these allergy-fighting tips can help reduce the effects of the Spring allergy season. If your allergy medications don’t provide sufficient relief, consider speaking to an allergy specialist.