Pollen is the number one culprit of spring allergies and unless you spend your summer in a sterile plastic bubble, there’s really no way to completely avoid pollen exposure. While pollen and other allergens can’t be avoided in the spring, exposure to them can be lessened so you can avoid spring allergy flare-ups that leave you feeling miserable.
You can get an accurate, daily pollen count by listening to a weather broadcast or by visiting the website of the National Allergy Bureau. Plan your outdoor activities according to the pollen count – when it’s high, stay indoors as much as possible.
Use the air conditioning to cool your car and home. Keeping the windows closed will help keep the pollen and other allergens out.
Dry Laundry Indoors
Opening windows to let fresh air in the house and hanging the laundry outside on the line to dry are two things we look forward to in the spring. However, those two things can cause an allergy flare-up. Laundry dried on an outside line will have pollen clinging to it when put them on, dried off with or slept on.
While rainy days put a damper on outdoor activities, they are also the days when the pollen count will be at its lowest. Moisture helps remove the pollen from the air, so do as much outdoor as possible on damp days during allergy season.
The pollen count drops in the afternoon (it’s highest from 5am-10am) so plan outdoor excursions for the afternoon.
After coming indoors, remove clothing and toss in one location (basket, hamper, washer) and jump in the shower. Wash hair and skin to remove all allergens and reduce flare-up risk.
Ask your doctor about over-the-counter allergy medications before using them. Some can raise blood pressure, some can cause insomnia and any of them have a potential for various side effects.
When you and your doctor decide on which allergy medication (if any) is right for you, start taking them in late winter before the onset of pollen season. This will give the medication time to get into your system and provide you with maximum protection.
The best medicine for allergy prevention may not be a drug at all but rather a natural solution called a neti pot. A neti pot keeps allergens rinsed out of your sinuses before they have a chance to cause a flare-up
Air Conditioning Filters
Keep the indoor air cleaner by using high-efficiency filters in your air conditioning and heating systems.
National Allergy Bureau