Even though warmer weather and longer days make it tempting to spend more time outdoors, your spring allergies can send you sniffling back inside if not treated properly. Last year, we brought you seven tips to beat spring allergies, but we realized that list might not do the trick for serious allergy sufferers. That’s why we’re back again with even more tips for dealing with spring allergies.
1. Get educated about pollen in your area
Depending on what environmental triggers you’re allergic to, pollen can severely exacerbate your symptoms. While heavy pollen can be easy to see when it’s at its peak—see that dusty yellow layer on your car windows and driveway?—the effects of pollen can often be problematic for allergy sufferers long before it reaches that point.
Instead of waiting until you feel bad, prepare yourself for high pollen counts and allergy season by staying informed. Check the National Allergy Bureau for current and expected pollen counts in your area and take additional precautions during those times. For instance, since most plants pollinate between 5 and 10 a.m., plan to stay inside during the morning hours. If you do need to be outdoors during times of high pollen count, take your over-the-counter antihistamine 30 minutes before exposure.
2. Take your workouts indoors
As enjoyable as it may be to go for a jog outdoors in the spring weather, the deep breathing of exertion combined with spring allergens can make your symptoms much worse. Try doing the bulk of your workout indoors and save your outdoor time for leisurely walks.
3. Bathe your pets
Pollen is airborne, so your pets could be unintentionally bringing allergy triggers into your home. You can minimize this problem by bathing your pet more frequently in the spring and limiting their outdoor time when pollen count is high as well. This is especially important for windy days when airborne allergens are more likely to collect in their fur.
4. Change your clothes
If you do spend some time outdoors, change your clothes immediately once you come home to avoid longer exposure to allergens that are likely clinging to the fabric. By doing this, you can make sure your home stays as allergy-free as possible.
5. Take a vacation
Springtime allergies can provide the perfect excuse to get out of town and retreat to an area of the country where your allergies aren’t so severe. Not only can you avoid high pollen season as home, but you can also get the benefits of breathing in some fresh, clean air for a relaxing and rejuvenating period of time.
6. Quit smoking (or hanging out with smokers)
If you smoke, there’s no time quite like spring allergy time to finally quit once and for all. Since cigarette smoke can make your allergy symptoms considerably worse, your body will thank you even more for kicking this unhealthy habit. And even if you aren’t a smoker, spending time with one can have lesser but similar effects, so do your best to minimize your exposure.
Remember: Even though allergies are seasonal, that doesn’t mean you have to suffer all season. Take precautions and do what you can to ease your symptoms.