Though you may enjoy the season, if you’re one of the 20 million Americans afflicted by seasonal allergies, spring can be an uncomfortable time, to say the least.
As blossoming trees release pollen into the air, springtime breezes spread it everywhere. For allergy sufferers, that means symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes, coughing, and sinusitis. If you are struggling to keep your allergy symptoms at bay, don’t fret.
Keep the Windows Closed
Trees and grasses release a large amount of pollen during spring and summer. Higher pollen counts will worsen your allergies, says Niha Qamar, MD, a Hicksville, New York physician board certified in allergy and immunology and internal medicine.
Invest in a Humidifier
To increase moisture in the air and avoid excessive skin, nose, and throat dryness, run a humidifier at night and during the day when needed, says Shirin Peters, MD, a primary care physician and founder of Bethany Medical Clinic in New York, NY.
Manage Symptoms with Antihistamines and Decongestant
Depending on what you’re allergic to, you can take two types of non-drowsy allergy medications: non-sedating antihistamines and/or medications containing a decongestant
Wash Your Clothes and Bedding in Hot Water
Pollen and dust particles can quickly get on you and in your home from outdoor exposure, says Mark Davis, MD, a physician with Pacific Analytics.
Try to Stay Indoors in the Morning
The pollen count is highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. each morning, so try to stay inside during these hours, says Dr. Davis. And if your allergies are severe, avoid going out on dry and windy days.
Invest in an Air Purifier
Dr. Davis says that sleeping with an air purifier in your bedroom will protect you against common household allergens.