Spring allergies. Is there anything I can do?

Question: I suffer from spring allergies. Is there anything I can do environmentally to help control my symptoms?

Answer: Spring is definitely in the air! Pollen counts are on the rise, which marks the start of the allergy sufferers’ sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose, and itchy/watery eyes. Yes, there are a few tips to help minimize some of these symptoms. Trees are usually the first to release pollen, usually in early spring. Grasses come next in later spring and summer. Here are a few tips:

  • Pollen counts tend to be higher in the morning, so avoid outdoor activities before 10:00am.
  • There tends to be more pollen in the air on dry, breezy days. Some pollen can travel in the air for miles. Try to limit outdoor activities on these days.
  • If you have a grass allergy, avoid mowing the lawn yourself if you can. If you must, wear a mask.
  • Keep grass cut short
  • Keep windows in your home and car closed.
  • Pollen can be transported inside on pets and people. Limit pets from going in and out. Bathe them regularly. Shower if you’ve been outside and are coming in, especially before bed.
  • Air filters help to some degree.


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