Spring has officially sprung in many parts of the country. The regions still trudging through the lingering winter can even see the light at the end of the snow tunnel.
Spring means so many wonderful things: flowers, outdoor activities, that crisp spring air—and allergies. For people who suffer from seasonal allergies, spring is a complicated time.
There’s so much to look forward to, but if you’re sitting inside sneezing your brains out, enjoying the fresh weather might be difficult. Check out these helpful tips on how to prepare for the spring allergy season.
Prepare your body
You don’t have to wait until your eyes are swollen shut to start managing your symptoms. Start taking allergy medication about two weeks prior to the typical start of your allergy season.
This can help you to manage your symptoms as they begin, and it may even prevent them from becoming severe. Always ask a doctor before trying a new medication, and consider visiting an allergist.
Try to change up your morning routine now so that it won’t affect you as much when allergy season hits. Try to avoid being outdoors during the peak allergen time between five and ten in the morning, when the pollen is at its daily highest.
Prepare your home
You do need to worry about the allergens that can lurk within your home. Dust, mold, and pollen from outside can easily take up residence in your home—but that’s what spring cleaning is for.
Protecting your home from allergens can keep your home a safe sanctuary for escaping outdoor allergens. Clean out your home by scrubbing anywhere allergens may be lurking, and aim to keep your windows closed—as tempting as the gorgeous sun and gentle breeze may be—to avoid allowing excess allergens inside.
Prepare for the worst
You know your own allergies better than anyone, and you know how they affect you. Even with the added safety net of a clean, allergen-free home and a body that’s prepared to fight off any issues, you still may experience some allergy symptoms.
Stock up on allergy essentials such as tissue boxes, antihistamines, eye drops, and anything else that helps you stay more comfortable when you’re dealing with allergies.