Now that spring is officially here, you may be ready to run outside and take a long walk or smell the already blooming flowers. Then….you sneeze. A lot. Sound familiar?
People who suffer from spring allergies know how this story goes. First, the eyes begin to itch, then they water, the ears begin to feel muffled and then the nose feels extremely congested. These symptoms can put a damper on the most beautiful sunny spring day.
Allergies affect about 10 to 30 percent of all adults, including senior citizens. Those who suffer from hay ever, a type of allergy, are especially sensitive to the mold and pollen that is floating about during the spring season. So, if you are worried about your allergies this spring, what can you do to treat them? Try the following tips:
Before making a trip to the doctor, make some changes to your environment. Watch the local weather and listen for information about the pollen count for the day. Try to time your outdoor activities when the pollen count is at its lowest. Depending on where you live during the spring, some trees pollinate only during the daytime, so you may have to become a bit of a night owl until summer rolls around.
One of the most effective ways to keep pollen out of your home during the spring is to close the windows. Running your air conditioner will filter the air, but if it is not quite warm enough for the air conditioner, consider purchasing a home air filter. They come in several models and sizes, but be sure to purchase one with a HEPA filter to catch all the pollen.
One of the best ways to keep pollen out of your nose is to purchase an over-the-counter salt-water nasal rinse. Using these rinses up to two times each day will lower the pollen that has been deposited in your nose on a daily basis. This is especially helpful to do at night, when pollen has built up to its highest levels in your nose. It will also help you to sleep better and snore less.
If none of the lifestyle changes above seems to help, consider taking an over-the-counter antihistamine. Since these medications do not require a prescription, you will not have to visit the doctor. Taking something like Claritin or Zyrtec one time each day will work longer and have less troublesome side effects than many prescription medications.
Do you suffer from spring allergies? How do you make it through the season? Give us your personal tips in the comments section below.