Do you sneeze a lot when spring comes around? Or maybe your eyes get itchy and watery when the leaves start to fall? If so, you might have seasonal allergies. Don’t worry; you’re not alone! Many people deal with these annoying symptoms every year. But good news! There are ways to help you feel better. Let’s explore some simple steps to fight off those pesky allergies.
What are Seasonal Allergies
In simple words, seasonal allergies happen when your body reacts to things like pollen from trees, grass, or weeds. Your body thinks these are bad guys and tries to fight them off. That’s why you get symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, or a runny nose.
1. Know Your Triggers
The first step is knowing what makes you sneeze or itch:
- Spring allergies: Usually from tree pollen.
- Summer allergies: Grasses like Bermuda, Timothy, Kentucky Bluegrass, and Ryegrass.
- Fall allergies: Weeds like ragweed, sagebrush, and lamb’s quarters.
- Winter allergies: Cedar is the biggest offender in December and January.
- Year-round: Molds like Alternaria and Cladosporium can be a problem all year long.
By knowing your triggers, you can plan ahead!
2. Stay Inside on High Pollen Days
On some days, there’s a LOT of pollen in the air. On these days, try to stay inside, especially during the morning when pollen is at its highest. Check the pollen count on weather websites or apps to know the best times to go out.
3. Keep Windows Closed
It’s tempting to open windows and enjoy the fresh air, but it’s best to keep them closed during high pollen seasons. This keeps the pollen out of your home.
4. Shower and Change Clothes
After spending time outside, take a shower to wash off any pollen. Also, change into clean clothes. This stops you from bringing pollen into your home.
5. Use Over-the-Counter Medicines
There are medicines you can buy at the store that help with allergy symptoms. Some examples are antihistamines, which stop itching and sneezing, and nasal steroid sprays, which help with a stuffy nose.
6. Keep It Clean
Dust and mold can also cause allergies. Regularly cleaning your home can help. Don’t forget to change your air filters, too!
7. Visit Your Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor
If your symptoms are bad or if over-the-counter medicines don’t help, come see us! We can test for specific allergies and recommend treatments to make you feel better. We offer allergy shots and allergy drops customizable to your specific needs.
Seasonal allergies can be a pain, but with some smart choices, you can enjoy every season without all the sneezing and itching. Remember, we’re here to help, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you need more advice or support!