After a long winter, nothing feels better than spending time outdoors during spring. Unless you have seasonal allergies.
Even though it's beautiful outside, all of the flowering buds and blooming trees can make you dread being outdoors if you are one of the millions of people who suffer from sniffling, sneezing, water eyes and other allergy symptoms. But who wants to stay indoors at this time of year?
Aside from taking allergy medication to treat your symptoms, here are 5 tips to help you survive the spring allergy season:
- Stay indoors with your windows closed when the pollen count is high. You can track the pollen count through the news media, the National Allergy Bureau (www.aaaai.org) and weather sites such as www.weather.com.
- Wear sunglasses and a hat to keep pollen and other alllery triggers out of your eyes and hair.
- Change your clothes when you come in after being outside.
- Shower and wash your hair before going to bed to keep sheets and pillows free from allergens.
- Use a HEPA filter with your central heating and air conditioning system to help remove pollen and other allergens from indoor air.
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Date Last Reviewed: January 9, 2019
Editorial Review: Andrea Cohen, Editorial Director, Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Contact Editor