Managing allergy season

Ah, the sights and sounds of spring – green grass, chirping robins, and…ACHOO! If you suffer from seasonal allergies, that last sound probably is all too familiar around this time of the year.

While many of us can’t wait to get out and shake off winter blues, we know that sneezing, coughing and sniffling will be quick to follow. What are some steps you can do to prepare?

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the first thing you should do is to seek advice from an allergist (you can search for one in your network here). Even if you think you know the source of your sneezes, an allergist can help you actually stop your symptoms.

ACAAI also lists the following items to keep in mind as you’re planning your spring-time activities.

  • Pollen levels tend to peak in the morning hours
  • When the day is windy and warm, pollen counts surge
  • Keep windows and doors shut at home and in your car during allergy season
  • Take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes after you’ve been working or playing outdoors

With a few precautionary steps, you’ll be off enjoying spring in no time – even if that means appreciating it from the comfort of your indoor seat! 😉

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