Spring: what a refreshing and exciting time of the year! While Spring represents a new start for many, for others, this season is allergy time. For those with severe, or even moderate seasonal allergies, Springtime can involve the discomfort of runny noses, sneezing, swollen, irritated eyes and throat, and various other symptoms. If you are prone to Springtime allergies, try following these suggestions from our Allergist at Arkansas Otolaryngology Center in Little Rock to manage your symptoms so they won’t stop you from enjoying the season! (And remember, click here to schedule an appointment to get allergy relief.)
As with many things in life, planning ahead pays off. As Spring approaches, get ahead of your allergies by watching your local weather forecast for pollen predictions. Many people experience allergy problems related to pollen in the air during Springtime. When you hear of heavy pollen in the forecast for your area, you can begin taking medication, such as non-drowsy antihistamines, which will decrease your body’s reaction to pollen and other allergens. Just ask your allergist or doctor about these medications first. Your doctor may also suggest seasonal allergy shots, which many people find worthwhile to prevent regular allergic reactions.
If you are especially allergies to pollen or plan on spending a lot of time outside, you can also get prepared by buying surgical or yard work masks. When outdoors during high pollen times, it’s helpful to wear sunglasses or protective glasses, which will reduce the amount of pollen that gets in your eyes. If you are going to be working outside during high pollen times, be certain to wear a mask and glasses. It will also be helpful to take an antihistamine (or get your allergy shot) before you begin working outside. If you like running and exercising outdoors during the spring, you can avoid peak pollen levels by going earlier in the morning or late in the afternoon and evening.
Keeping allergens out of your home is also very important in the Spring. It’s important to keep windows and doors closed as much as possible, in order to minimize the amount of pollen that gets into your home. If you’ve been working or exercising outside in the pollen, try to avoid bringing pollen into your living space by changing out of and washing your outdoor clothing as soon as possible. You might even want to take a shower to wash any extra pollen off your skin and out of your hair! Sweeping and vacuuming your home regularly during the spring will also help take care of any pollen and dust that’s already in your home. Taking these steps will help keep pollen and allergen levels inside your home to a minimum.
Springtime does not have to be a time of extreme allergy suffering! Taking a minute to follow these tips will help you be able to enjoy the season. Don’t hesitate to contact our Allergist at Arkansas Otolaryngology Center to make an assessment and determine what preventative measures are best for you to manage your Spring allergies!