Spring Allergy Prevention Tips
March 20 is the first day of spring! Coming soon are warmer days, bursts of green, and flowers beginning to pop through the earth… as well as itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose, thanks to seasonal allergies. But, never fear! You can take steps to make your symptoms a little more manageable.
• Know your triggers. Whether it’s pollen, mold, trees or grass, everyone is impacted a little differently. By identifying what triggers your symptoms, you can take steps to prepare. An allergist can help you learn more about what you’re allergic to.
• Check the news. Some news stations or websites forecast daily levels of pollen in your area. This helps you determine days and times when pollen counts are higher, and when it may be a good idea to limit your time outdoors or take allergy medication if you must be outside. You can also visit https://www.pollen.com to find top allergens and pollen counts in your area by zip code.
• Try over-the-counter medications. Antihistamines help relieve itchy eyes and a runny nose. Decongestants may also provide some relief, plus a nasal spray or sinus rinse can also help ease your symptoms. It’s important to always check with your doctor or allergist before trying a new medication.
• Stay active. It can be hard to exercise if you’re feeling a little under the weather with allergies. However, studies show that regular physical activity can help decrease your allergy symptoms by improving blood flow and removing allergens from your system. So if you can, hit the gym or try a workout at home using an app or fitness website.
• Try local honey. Local honey contains pollen from the plants in your area. Research shows that even a couple tablespoons of honey from a vendor in your area may relieve your allergy symptoms by helping strengthen your natural immunities.
• Talk to your doctor. While seasonal allergies can be manageable, you may find yourself with a sinus infection or earache before long. If you are having a hard time finding relief, or your symptoms seem like more than just allergies, it’s best to check with your doctor.
Don’t let seasonal allergies get you down! Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, running or walking, you may find these tips help you enjoy the spring weather more fully this year.