Spring is back, and so is allergy season. While spring means warm weather and flowers, it also means runny noses, sneezing, and itchy eyes for millions of us. In order to make your life less miserable, here are some tips on how to handle spring allergies:
- Know your allergy triggers.
It is of the utmost importance that you know what is causing your allergy. Trees, grass, and weeds are all triggers, because they release tiny particles into the air. When you are allergic and inhale these particles, your body releases histamines into your blood, which leads to a runny nose, watery eyes, and other common symptoms. If you have an allergy, it is best to avoid gardening and hiking. Do not go near any trees and shrubs. They are the enemy.
- Avoid pollen.
Make sure you check the pollen count every day. Avoid being outside in the morning and on windy days, because that is when it is often the highest. If you really have to be out, use a scarf or a mask to cover your mouth.
- Change your clothes and shower after returning from outdoors.
Pollen tends to stay on your hair and your clothes even when you go inside. Remove the clothes you wore outside and wash your hair to rinse the remaining pollen off your body.
- Cool down wisely.
If you are thinking about opening the windows and enjoying the fresh air, you are inviting in the problem. When you open the windows, allergens like pollen can easily enter your house. Keep your windows closed and use the air conditioning if it’s hot. Make sure you change the filter in it once in a while too.
- Don’t trust Dr. Google.
If you are having a rough time dealing with an allergy, consult with an allergist, not Google. Allergists are professionals who can suggest the best medications to treat your symptoms. Common drugs for allergy relief are Zyrtec, Clarinex, and Benadryl. You can also get allergy shots, which are very effective in alleviating allergic reactions.
Beware and stay well!
(Copyright 2019 Irene Jung)