The long, cold winter is over and most people welcome springtime. If you are a seasonal allergy sufferer, spring may be a time of year that you dread. Frequent sneezing, itchy eyes and congestion are not symptoms to look forward to. There are ways to enjoy the spring without suffering from allergy symptoms. Here are some tips on what you can do to ease your allergy symptoms.
See your doctor
Many prescription allergy medications can ease your symptoms but you will need to start them as soon as possible. Talk to your doctor about prescription strength allergy medications such as a nasal spray which can help relieve stuffy noses. Even though some over-the-counter allergy medicine may say that it is prescription strength, it may not work as well as prescription. Make sure that your doctor knows all the medications and supplements that you currently take. Some anti-depressants, for example, should not be taken with certain allergy medications.
Non-allergy sufferers cannot wait for the first warmer spring day so that they can open their windows and let the fresh air in. If you are an allergy sufferer, you may be tempted to let in the fresh air but remember, you will also be letting in allergens. Accept that you have seasonal allergies and instead, freshen your air by purchasing a good air purifier. This will help your indoor air and lessen your sneezing from pollen-filled air.
Pets and your bed
Keeping your dog (or cat) who goes outside off of your bed can help to reduce your allergy symptoms. Allergy sufferers can forget that their dog or cat is bringing in annoying pollen on their fur and transferring it to your bed. Keep your bedroom off limits to your four-legged friends during allergy season.
Resist the urge to hang clothing outside to dry. Wash your bedding in hot water and use your dryer to help remove allergens that will irritate you while you sleep.
High pollen days
You can check the pollen counts in your area on different websites and be prepared for the day.
Seasonal allergy sufferers can lessen their suffering by taking precautions for the weeks where pollen and other springtime irritants can make their lives miserable. Soon summer will arrive and your springtime allergies will be over.