Runny nose, itchy throat, watery eyes. Springtime allergies can be a real pain. Your throat might feel sore, your nose itchy. Springtime allergies can range from mild to severe.
Read our five tips to help settle down your allergies:
Antihistamines block your body’s response to allergens. They usually start working in less than an hour. Some drugs—like diphenhydramine, clemastine, and chlorpheniramine—can leave you feeling sleepy. Always talk to your primary care provider. There are other treatments available, such as nasal sprays and allergy shots that can be administered by a medical professional.
Get Ahead of the Season
If you have allergies every year, now is the time to start taking an over-the-counter allergy medication. Make preparations and get ready. You can start taking allergy medication up to two weeks before the season begins for the best effect, and so the medicine is active in your body when the pollen starts to fly.
The sun is shining and you may want to go outside, but one of the best solutions for springtime allergies is to limit the time you spend outside of your home. In the spring season, as the world comes back to life from the long winter, trees release billions of pollen grains into the air. Everywhere. When you breathe these pollen grains in, they trigger your allergic reactions (which is really just your body trying to protect you). Staying indoors will help.
Sunglasses can help keep pollen out of your eyes, or a filter mask can help when you’re doing yard work or you are out in the garden. Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about preventive measures. And, be sure to shower once you head back indoors to get the pollen off yourself.
Keep Your Home Pollen-Free
Keep windows shut, and change air filters in your home. Vacuum regularly to reduce pollen and allergens in the home. Wear a filter mask as you clean your home so that the dust and pollen that is stirred up doesn’t enter your nose and lungs. Time to get out the duster!
New technology allows us to keep a track of high pollen levels. Popular weather websites offer pollen counters and meters to help you know when pollen levels are above average. You can sign up to get alerts on your smartphone so you can limit your time outdoors on high-pollen days.
If you are having trouble dealing with your springtime allergies, use our Find a Doctor tool to locate a primary care provider near you.