Try these tips for savoring springtime

spring allergiesFor millions of Americans, the warming weather and brightly colored buds of the new season are balanced out by the stuffy nose, itchy eyes and general discomfort of spring allergies.

Allergies are brought on by grass, mold, dust mites and trees, among other things, and symptoms can range from irritating to debilitating. Patients with allergies often experience sneezing, nasal congestion, wheezing, hives (raised patches on the skin), rashes and red, swollen, itchy eyes.

Whether your allergy symptoms are frustrating or debilitating, there are steps you can take to enjoy rather than dread spring.

  • Be mindful of the time of day. Grass pollen tends to circulate in the morning, so minimizing time outdoors early in the day can help.
  • Notice when you are letting outside air in. Many seasonal allergies are connected with the outdoors. Try keeping the windows of your house and cars closed, especially when you notice your allergies are acting up.
  • Mask up. Wearing a pollen mask can help reduce irritation while performing outside tasks such as lawn mowing and gardening.
  • Shower and change. After spending time outdoors, be sure to shower and change into clean clothing. It’s also a good idea every night to wash or rinse your hair, as it’s where pollens are more likely to accumulate.
  • Ask your doctor about immunotherapy. Allergy shots can be particularly effective in building antibodies and combating environmental allergies. Talk to your doctor about it today to see if you are a candidate.