When allergies attack…

Springtime means pollen. Blooming flowers and trees are beautiful but if you suffer from seasonal allergies it means you’re miserable. Seasonal Allergies, also known as Hay Fever, effect millions of people causing sneezing, runny nose and congestion.

When Pollen is at its peak….

Allergy symptoms increase dramatically when the pollen count is high! A quick internet search can tell you the pollen forecast for you area along with current pollen levels. If you suffer from seasonal allergies in the spring, take medicine before your symptoms start. Especially if the pollen forecast higher than normal pollen counts! Pollen counts are highest in the mornings so try to stay indoors if you can. Dry, windy days are the worst for allergy sufferers. Rain helps clear pollen from the air, after a good rain is the best time to enjoy the outdoors.

Keep your windows and doors closed to keep the pollen outside. Replacing your homes air filters will also help keep indoor pollution down. It’s best if you can avoid mowing the lawn and working in the garden, until the pollen count is down. When you come inside remove the clothes your wore outside and shower to remove pollen from your skin and hair.

If all else fails try taking an over the counter remedy. There are a ton of non-prescription options for allergies. Nasal Sprays can ease your symptoms. Decongestants can provide temporary relief from nasal congestion and are good for short-term use. Oral antihistamines relieve sneezing, itching, runny noses, and watery eyes.