Spring is just around the corner, and for many of us, that means seasonal allergies. With symptoms like sneezing, congestion, and runny nose, allergies are often simply an inconvenience, but if you don’t get them under control, they could begin to affect your ability to get along with your daily activities. If you’re a regular seasonal allergy sufferer, here are a few strategies you can try.
Avoid Triggers & Known Allergens
If you know what your allergy triggers are, it’s a good idea to try to avoid exposure to them as much as possible. While this isn’t always feasible, especially if you work in a profession that requires you to be outdoors during the day, here are a few tips you can try in your effort to avoid running into your known allergens:
- Watch the Weather. Pay attention to the weather forecast on the news or check it regularly on your phone. Being aware of what’s going on outside will help you know when to avoid going out when allergens are high.
- Avoid Windy Days. Especially on dry days, wind can blow pollen from its source and out into the air. Rain, however, can help prevent the pollen from being light enough to blow around, so just after a light rain is a good time for allergy-sufferers to go outside.
- Delegate Outdoor Tasks. If you’re a homeowner, you’re likely responsible for your own lawn care. IF this is the case, now is the time to delegate tasks like mowing the lawn or pulling weeds to those that do not suffer from the same allergies.
- Stay Clean. Pollen can cling to clothing, skin, and hair; when you come inside, take care to change your clothes immediately. If possible, take a shower to remove any lingering pollen.
- Dry Clothes Indoors. If you don’t have a clothes dryer and rely on the sun to dry your laundry, you’ll want to consider a change of plans. Pollen can cling to the clothing, which will be dispersed once you bring them indoors. If you can, hang clothes to dry indoors instead.
- Wear a Mask. Specially designed pollen masks can help you avoid inhaling any of the nasty grains if you absolutely must be outdoors, especially during outdoor tasks.
Walk-In Spring Allergy Treatment in Hamilton, Trenton & Robbinsville, NJ
While avoiding pollen completely during the spring is almost impossible for spring allergies, following the above tips for avoiding triggers is a great first step. If you are suffering from symptoms or experiencing a non-life-threatening reaction, visit Urgent Care of Mercer County for walk-in treatment to get some relief from the sneezing, itchy eyes, or other symptoms you’re experiencing. For questions, please call 609-890-4100.