Seasonal allergies, or hay fever, affect over 8 percent of the U.S. population. That’s nearly 1 in 10 people! In central Texas, spring allergies begins as early as February and lasts through summer.
Many allergens are responsible for spring allergies, but the most common of them include tree and grass pollens. Airborne mold spores can also trigger allergy symptoms. While spring allergies are unfortunately common, they are easily treatable. With planning and preparation, you can mitigate the affects of spring on your sinuses. Here’s how to avoid spring allergies:
-Monitor pollen counts. Monitoring outdoor pollen counts can be extremely useful in letting you know when is a good time to go outside. Try to stay indoors on high-count doors and avoid venturing outside whenever pollen levels are highest (typically in the morning and afternoon).
-Don’t drag allergens into the house. Every time you step through your door, you bring allergens inside. To avoid this, leave your shoes at the door and change into a clean set of clothes once home. You may want to consider washing or rinsing out your hair as well—allergens tend to stick to hair.
-Keep doors and windows closed. Keep allergens out by keeping windows and doors shut. If you need fresh air, use air conditioning. Even a window cracked a few inches open can let in all kinds of sneezy stuff you don’t want.
-Cover up. When exercising or spending excess time outdoors, dress appropriately. Cover your eyes, nose, and mouth to avoid inhaling allergens. Large sunglasses will do the trick and a wide brimmed hat is recommended, as well.
-Clean your home. Regularly clean your home to improve air quality. This includes wiping down dust and dirt, using a dehumidifier, and using a HEPA filter vacuum filter. You may also want to consider changing out your sheets and bedding for hypoallergenic versions.
-Take your medication ahead of time. Experts recommend beginning your medication regiment 2-3 weeks before the start of allergy season. This gives the medication enough time to settle in and provides your body with enough time to build a strong defense against spring allergies.
Speak with one of our Sneeze allergy experts to learn more about avoiding and treating spring allergies.