Spring is in full swing throughout the United States and those who have been praying for warmer weather are surely enjoying the end of winter. Unfortunately, spring brings more than just warm weather and a few spring showers. As most of the foliage bloom back to life, the amount of pollen in the air spikes significantly. This can make life difficult for those who suffer from allergic rhinitis, which affects 10% to 30% of the entire population.
If you suffer from allergic rhinitis, a.k.a. “hay fever”, spring can be a miserable time. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to help you fight back against your symptoms, and make the spring season much more bearable. Here are a few tips you should put to practice for the next few months.
✅ Keep The Windows Closed
The fastest way to introduce pollen and other allergens into your home is by throwing the windows open, especially during days when the pollen count is high. Simply put, it’s a much better idea to keep your windows closed. On those warm days, it’s better to turn on an electric fan or switch on your air conditioning. If you choose to use your air conditioner, make sure you clean out the filters regularly to avoid pollen buildup.
✅ Take a Shower Before Going to Bed
After spending the day out, pollen may have easily collected on your clothes and hair. This can become problematic as you can easily track the pollen on your bed, which can lead to a horrible experience as you try to fall asleep. A quick warm shower right before bedtime is a great way to wash away any pollen stuck to your body and avoid tracking it onto the bed. If you share a bed with your spouse or significant other, ask that he or she also take a shower before bed.
✅ Take Allergy Medicine Before Going Out
Most people believe that allergy medication is the best way to deal with ongoing symptoms—and they could be right. On the other hand, some people do not realize that allergy medication can actually help minimize or suppress symptoms before you even feel them. Try taking your allergy medication thirty minutes before heading out (needless to say, go for the “non-drowse” variety) and you’ll be amazed that it’s taking longer for your allergy symptoms to hit.
These are only a few tips you can try to help you get through the days when the pollen count is high. In addition to these tips, do not hesitate to consult a trusted allergist for other methods you can try to minimize your symptoms or for more effective allergy medication.