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Top Ways to Prevent Spring Allergies

1) Monitor pollen counts. A great way to fight spring allergies is by checking pollen counts ahead of time in order to avoid allergens. Websites such as Pollen.com or The Weather Channel will tell you the pollen level in your ZIP code area.

2) Take your allergy meds early. No matter the location, it's recommended to start taking your allergy medicines about one month before spring usually occurs in your region. 

3) Avoid being outdoors when not necessary. Even though the weather may be nice it's important to stay inside, especially if pollen counts are high. If you decide to go outside, make sure to shower immediately after returning inside.

4) Change your clothes after being outside to remove any access pollen. Pollen can cling easily to clothes, so whether you just came home from a local cookout, sporting event, or cutting the grass, be sure to remove your clothes are wash them in a separate load to prevent the spread of the pollen.

5) Dust and vacuum at least once a week. This will prevent dust and pollen build up within the home that can cause unwanted allergens.

6) Rinse your sinuses. Using a Neti pot or nasal rinse can be a great tool to use when trying to ease allergy symptoms. Use it three times a week to help prevent symptoms, or daily if experiencing symptoms. Remeber to use bottled water or be sure to boil your tap water before using in your nasal rinse. 

7) Change out your home filters regularly. By changing out the filters in your home, you will improve the overall air quality of your home. Filters can remove unwanted allergens such as pet dander, dust mites, and pollen. 

8) Wash your pets. Animals fur can collect pollen from the air and grass when they are roaming around in the outdoors. Give them frequent baths, especially if the pollen counts are high.

9) Remove your shoes when coming in from outside. Having an extra pair of shoes to change into after entering your home will help keep out pollen.

10) Wash your hands. Simple, yet effective. Make sure to be aware of the things you touch while being outdoors. From opening your car door, doing yard work, or playing with your pet outside, the last thing you want to do is rub your eyes or face with your pollen infested hands. This will cause those unwanted itchy and watery eyes.

11) Shower before bedtime. If you have been outside it is a good idea to shower before bed to wash the pollen off of your hair and skin before getting into your clean bed.

 

 

 

Sources: 

https://dailymom.com/shine/10-ways-to-reduce-spring-allergies/

 

https://healthtalk.unchealthcare.org/6-ways-to-help-relieve-spring-allergies/

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