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6 Ways to Prepare for Seasonal Allergies

As the seasons change, you may begin to notice your allergies act up more than usual. Seasonal allergies may be a nuisance, making it difficult to enjoy the outdoors and leaving you feeling miserable. Sneezing, watery eyes, and trouble breathing are just a few of the symptoms seasonal allergies may cause. However, if you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies each year, there are a few things you can do in advance to help lessen the symptoms.

Getting Ready for Allergy Season

Having a game plan in place before seasonal allergies hit may help reduce the severity of your symptoms and allow you to enjoy the seasons a bit more. Instead of having to suffer through another allergy season, try these tips to get ahead of your allergies this year:

1. Keep Your Home Clean

Allergies may be due to seasonal pollen, but they may also be caused by dust and pet dander that’s been sitting in your home. To help mitigate seasonal allergies, start by giving your home a good cleaning. Dust surfaces, vacuum carpets and furniture, and wash bedding in hot water to remove potential allergens. Furthermore, keeping places like your car and office clean may also help with seasonal allergies. Make it a habit to wipe down surfaces and vacuum regularly to remove any potential irritants. Having a clean space will help promote better airflow and may reduce the number of allergens in your environment. Wear a mask while you clean to avoid breathing in any dust or pollen that may cause irritation. 

2. Keep Up with the Local Pollen Reports

If you are prone to seasonal allergies, it is a good idea to check the local pollen reports each day. Many of them can be found online or on the news. Knowing what’s in the air allows you to take steps to avoid exposure to high levels of pollen. For example, if the pollen count is high, you may want to stay indoors or take a shower after being outside to remove any pollen that has accumulated on your skin or hair. Furthermore, pollen counts are usually highest in the early morning, and during the day, so you may want to limit your time outdoors during these times.

3. Stock up on Allergy Medication

Once you find a medication that works for you, it’s a good idea to stock up before seasonal allergies hit. That way, you’ll have it on hand when needed and won’t have to worry about running to the store whenever your allergies flare up. There are many over-the-counter antihistamines, nasal sprays, and decongestants that may keep your allergies at bay. If you’re unsure what type of allergy medication is right for you, talk to your doctor or a pharmacist. They can help you find a medication that will work well for your specific allergies.

4. Invest in an Air Purifier

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, an air purifier may be a worthwhile investment. Air purifiers can help remove pollen, dust, and other allergens from the air in your home. This may create a cleaner and more comfortable environment, especially if you’re allergic to seasonal pollen. Be sure to change your air filter regularly to ensure the purifier is working properly. It is recommended to change air filters every three months or as the seasons change.

5. Keep Mold Under Control

Pollen, dust, and pet dander aren’t the only things that may cause seasonal allergies. Mold is another common allergen that may worsen your symptoms. Therefore, it’s essential to keep mold under control in your home. Check for mold in damp areas, such as the basement, bathroom, or kitchen. If you find mold, clean it up immediately and ensure the area is well-ventilated to prevent further growth. If the humidity in your home is high, use a dehumidifier to help keep mold to a minimum.

6. Visit a Sinus Expert

Making an appointment with an allergy or sinus expert is integral to preparing for a symptom-free allergy season. A sinus expert may determine the best course of action for your allergies. They may also be able to provide you with tips to reduce your symptoms and make the allergy season more bearable. Moreover, a sinus expert can prescribe medication if over-the-counter options are not providing relief.

Let the Ear and Sinus Institute Assist You During Allergy Season

Don’t wait until you are sneezing and sniffling to take action against seasonal allergies. The Ear and Sinus Institute can assist you in getting ahead of your allergies this year. We offer a variety of services to help you achieve sinus and allergy relief. Make an appointment today and find a solution to your seasonal allergies.

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