Although some parts of the country have recently been under siege from an early-spring snowstorm, for most parts of North America, this winter was a pretty warm one. This means that spring has sprung in many parts of the US, and people are beginning to feel the effects of the oncoming spring allergy season. Pollen levels are already wreaking havoc for many, and they’re only expected to get worse.
You might know the symptoms well: that throbbing headache, itchy, watery eyes and runny nose are all signs that your allergies are about to go haywire. The good news is, knowing what allergens you’re sensitive to can give you an advantage when dealing with an allergic reaction. If you know that you’re allergic to certain tree pollens, you can prepare for combat ahead of time.
But don’t wait until your allergies have gotten the best of you! Being proactive — like taking over-the-counter antihistamines in advance to prevent symptoms before they begin — is a good first step. The sooner you can treat them the less intense the actual fallout may be. But there are also ways you can treat and clean your indoor spaces that will help contribute to a much less severe allergy season. After all, most people spend about 90% of their time indoors, so it makes sense to have as clean a space as possible.
About 50 million Americans have seasonal allergies according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. There are many ways to minimize occurrences of allergic reactions as well as prevent them altogether. Here are a few of our favorite allergy-busting tips!
- Know your allergy triggers so you can avoid them.
- Take antihistamines about a half hour prior to going outdoors.
- Limit time spent outdoors during peak hours and on days with high pollen counts.
- Avoid yard work, or wear gloves and a filter mask when gardening.
- Try not to touch your eyes after being exposed to allergens.
- Wash your hands and hair when coming in from outside and leave shoes at the door.
- Keep your home clean: wash throw rugs and change bed sheets often.
- Invest in a sealed HEPA vacuum cleaner (Our favorite? The Lux Guardian Platinum by Aerus)
- Use an air purifier (We suggest: the Guardian Air Platinum)
Practicing these allergy-fighting tips can help reduce the effects of the spring allergy season. If your allergy medications don’t provide sufficient relief, consider speaking to an allergy specialist.