Tips For Preparing For Spring Allergies
The sun’s out, birds are chirping, there’s a gentle breeze in the wind – and you’re hacking and coughing. Spring allergies aren’t considered a serious illness, but for those that suffer from haver fever, it sure is a serious bummer. If you’re having trouble enjoying the nice weather because of some dastardly allergies, fear not, for there are a few tricks to beating your springtime vulnerability.
Remove Yourself From the Situation
As much as it may pain you (not literally, but emotionally), one of the best things you can do to avoid allergies is avoid the places that you’re most likely to have a reaction. That means avoiding being outside, especially around plants and flowers, during the early mornings, when pollen is more prevalent. Of course, you’re not going to want to spend the entire spring season indoors, so keep track of pollen count to plan out your days. You can most likely find a pollen forecast on your preferred weather tracking website or app.
Make Your Home an Anti-Allergy Zone
If you’re going to be spending time indoors, away from that pesky pollen, you’ll want to make sure your home is as pollen-proof as possible. To make your pad an allergy-free safezone, be sure to clean regularly if you don’t already. Don’t focus so much on getting the dishes clean or cleaning out the closet; the point here is to wipe down surfaces and vacuum up dust, the worst offenders when it comes to allergies. Make sure you get all the nooks and crannies of your home, including under the sofa. Otherwise, the debris will accumulate into dust bunnies, which are both gross and not good for your allergies.
Take Your Medicine
If you haven’t already, stock up on anti-allergy medicines. Your best options will be antihistamines, which keep your nose and eyes from running, and decongestants, for keeping you from being stuffed up. In addition, you can try out some natural herbal remedies such as quercetin (found in citrus, broccoli, lettuce, and other foods) and butterbur. However, keep in mind that these DIY treatments usually aren’t tested by the USDA, so do plenty of research before you start taking something regularly.
Talk With Your Doctor
File this one under “duh,” but many people forget that one of the best resources for fighting against allergies can be a talk with their friendly neighborhood doctor. Whether you’ve disclosed your irritating symptoms to your doctor, or you’ve only just developed signs of allergies, it’s worth seeing what your doc has to say. As your doctor will have your medical history on hand, he or she should be capable of giving you the best advice based on your lifestyle and any medications you might be taking.
No one likes allergies, and while you might not be able to stop them completely, at least you can relieve yourself of some of the headaches involved with your meddlesome sensitivity. So, take a deep breath, relax, and try out these tips soon, before breathing itself becomes a hassle.