Seasonal allergies are part of life for many people, and spring can be one of the most difficult allergy seasons. After several weeks indoors, spring sends people outside to enjoy more moderate weather conditions and the renewal of the growing season. Sprouting plants, trees and grasses, however, can aggravate allergy symptoms. Welcome to spring!
Tips for Reducing the Effects of Spring Allergies
The cycle of life continues every spring, and so do seasonal allergies. Fortunately, there are some ways to reduce the severity of your allergic reaction and make this season more comfortable. Here are some tips:
1. Cut the Grass
Grass can be a big problem for seasonal allergy sufferers since it is a huge source of pollen in the spring, especially. Keeping your grass trimmed and picking up the grass clippings will control the number of allergens around your home.
You may want to wear a dust mask when you work on the grass to avoid inhaling pollen. Cut the grass short and remove the clippings. When you are finished, be sure to clean yourself up, too. Remove your clothes and wash them right away to get rid of pollen. Also shower immediately afterward for the same reason.
2. Turn up the A/C
Even though spring weather may not be unbearably hot, the air-conditioning can help reduce your allergy symptoms. Using the a/c in your house blocks out some of the outdoor allergens since the unit's filter catches most of the pollen and dust, preventing it from circulating in your house.
Cooler temperatures in your house will keep any existing pollen or mold spores from growing and turning into even bigger irritants. Using the a/c can help you control the air quality inside your house, creating a haven for allergy sufferers. There are also specific air filters that you can use in your HVAC system that can help with allergies.
3. Saline Rinse
Saline is a salt solution that can help ease your allergy symptoms. Rinsing your eyes and nasal passages with saline can wash away any lingering pollen or dust that can continue to irritate. Saline also inhibits growth the growth of viruses or bacteria that could develop into a sinus infection.
Clearing out any congestion from your sinuses will also make you more comfortable. Congestion is your body’s way of protecting you from allergens, but it causes problems of its own. Regular rinsing with saline will remove the excess mucus and reduce that sticky, itchy feeling.
4. Work on Spring Cleaning Early in the Season
When you are experiencing allergies, the idea of cleaning out dusty, pollen-covered corners of your house can be uncomfortable. Try to get to your spring cleaning before allergy season begins. Getting rid of any irritants that built up over the winter can help reduce your spring allergy discomfort.
Mattresses, carpets and upholstered furniture can all collect dust and allergens. Be sure to clean all of the soft surfaces in your home. Dust and pollen can settle in and stick to any surface. Pay special attention to areas where you spend a lot of time, like your bed. Wash linens and pillows, clean the headboard and vacuum the mattress. You might also consider investing in allergy-friendly covers for your mattress and pillows.
5. Hit the Shower
Of course, you shower daily, but you may not realize how showering can help reduce your allergy symptoms. Pollen and dust settle on your clothes whenever you are outside. You can wash your clothes when you come in, but there are still lingering bits of pollen and mold on your skin and in your hair.
Rinsing yourself off frequently throughout the day can reduce the number of allergens you are exposed to. Also, showering before bed can help you sleep easier and with less congestion and other allergy symptoms.
Spring Allergy Relief Is Possible
Dealing with spring allergies can be easier when you follow these tips. A little planning and preparation could make this year your best spring season ever.
Allergies are a part of your immune system kicked into overdrive. Approaching allergy symptoms with an organized strategy can reduce your anxiety and discomfort and knowing how to fight allergies naturally might make spring a more pleasant time for you. Seasonal allergies might be a reality, but they don’t have to rule your life.
Be sure to discuss any severe allergy symptoms with your doctor, they may be able to prescribe medications and other coping techniques specific to your situation.