As you may already be well-aware, spring allergies are the absolute worst. Sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, itchy skin, and congestion can all really wreak havoc on your quality of life during the warm weather months. And while being tested is a must to get on a reliable antihistamine regimen, this alone may not be enough to quell bothersome symptoms.
The good news is there is much you can do to prevent your spring allergies from taking over your life. Here are three effective methods of relief so you can have a fun, relaxed, and most importantly, allergy-free spring and summer.
Remedy #1: Pay Attention to Pollen Counts
The outdoor pollen count fluctuates from day to day depending on the weather conditions. On days when the pollen count is high, your allergy symptoms are bound to be much worse. Fortunately, you can actually check on pollen counts where you live so you can take steps to prepare. A simple online search of "pollen" and the town you live in should pull up useful information, or even point you to an air quality tracker.
Pollen counts tend to be highest from morning through midday. In this case, schedule any outdoor activities for early morning or late evening on days when pollen counts are extremely high. You can also take your allergy medication before you experience symptoms if you anticipate a bad pollen day. Be sure to take medications according to the dosage recommended by your doctor or pharmacist. And if you find that your medication regimen is not effective, you may need a different medication or dosage.
Remedy #2: Change Up Your Bathing Routine
When you're out and about, pollen can cling to your hair, your skin, and your clothing. Upon returning home for the day, it's very easy to track this pollen into your home with you, where it will continue to inflame allergy symptoms. Tweaking your personal grooming habits can provide highly beneficial, in this case. Even better, it's such a simple fix for allergy issues.
If you normally take showers in the morning, consider adding a second shower to your routine at night during the spring and summer months. Bathing helps remove pollen from your skin and hair, which is crucial before hopping into bed, where you will likely spread it around. When outside for long periods of time, wash your clothing immediately when you get home. If possible deposit clothing into your washer and hop right into the shower for the best results.
Remedy #3: Make Sure Indoor Air Quality Is Good
Pollen can also make its way into your home in other ways if you're not careful. An open window during spring and summer is practically just inviting pollen into your house. That's why it's best for allergy sufferers to rely on their home air conditioner when the weather is hot and pollen counts are high. In addition to creating a cool, comfortable environment, air conditioners also contain filters, which trap pollen and other allergens found in outdoor air and prevent them from getting into your home.
Keep in mind that your air filter will only be effective if you perform proper maintenance on your cooling equipment. In general, air filters should be changed every three months or so. However, people with allergies are encouraged to change them every twenty days, or at the very least once per month. You can also invest in a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. These filters are designed to trap up to 99.97% of all contaminants. While they are a little more expensive than your average air filter, they're a must for allergy-sufferers.
Allergies don't have to ruin your summer. By taking these simple steps every day, you can feel great and not miss out on a moment of summer fun and excitement!