Tuesday Tips: Surviving Allergy Season

springSpring has officially arrived. Although the temperatures here in Central Wisconsin are still low, the snow is melting and it’s time to start thinking about allergy season. Sneezing, sniffles, itchy eyes, runny noses, and always having a supply of tissues can really become a pain during spring.

The long cold winter could lead to a rather brutal allergy season. When the weather finally starts warming up, people might be in for a shock. The trees and flowers will start blooming which means there will be plenty of allergens floating around. It will be important to review the following tips in order to get through this upcoming allergy season.

Her are 10 tips to help survive allergy season:

  1. Look into purchasing an over-the-counter nasal spray. If used properly a nasal spray can be very effective. However, nasal sprays do have addictive qualities so only use with precaution and read the packages labeling.
  2. Try to avoid opening you windows, especially when the weather becomes really nice because your allergies might be triggered by something outside.
  3. Take a shower after spending time outside for an extended period of time. You may be covered in a variety of allergens after you were outside enjoying the weather and a shower can help rid you of those allergens.
  4. If you are mowing the lawn or raking leaves, consider wearing an allergy-protecting face mask to protect yourself.
  5. Look into the days of the week when pollen counts are low and do your outdoor work on those days.
  6. Try to wash your clothing, bedding, and other linens as much as possible. After spending time outside it can be easy to track allergens inside and they can remain on your linens if you do not wash them regularly.
  7. Get a high-efficiency furnace filter for your house and change it every spring. This will help minimize the allergens that circulate throughout your house.
  8. When you are in your car, leave your windows rolled up and set your ventilation system so that it recirculates throughout your vehicle.
  9. Consider using a neti pot to flush out your nasal cavities.
  10. Head to the local drugstore and pick up a antihistamine for relief from your sniffles and itching.

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