Seasonal allergies – itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, congestion… whatever symptoms plague you, seasonal allergies can make even the most pleasant weather miserable. Here are some tips for staying on top of your seasonal allergies and enjoying your time indoors and out.
- Make an appointment with your doctor. Discuss your symptoms and anything you’ve tried in the past. There are many ways to fight seasonal allergies with over-the-counter or prescription medications, including tablets, shots, nasal sprays, sinus rinses or eye drops. Before using an over-the-counter medication, speak with your doctor. Your doctor can recommend a specific type that might work best and won’t interact with any other medications you’re taking.
- Watch the pollen count. Stay indoors when the pollen count is high, and/or consider taking a doctor-recommended medication.
- Manage pets. If pets play into your allergies, wash them regularly and keep them out of your bedroom.
- Clean house. Wash your bedding in hot water once a week, and vacuum twice a week in addition to other regular cleaning.
- Choose better flooring. If you have allergies, hardwood or tile floors will be better than carpet.
- Use the AC. If it’s hot outside and your allergies are acting up, close all the windows and use your air conditioning. Also make sure that heaters and air conditioners have their filters changed and are serviced regularly.
- Keep your home mold free. Try and maintain a humidity level in your home below 50 percent. Use a dehumidifier if needed.
- Wear a mask for yard work. Also, wash your clothes and take a shower when you come back inside. Avoid working outside on windy days.
With some preparation and precautions, you can stay on top of seasonal allergies and take part in all the activities you enjoy.