During spring, pollen from trees and grass can trigger allergic reactions. Sneezing, itchy eyes and other symptoms of seasonal allergies can interfere with your daily activities.
Common Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies
When you have seasonal allergies, they typically affect your respiratory system. You might have periods of constant sneezing. Your throat and eyes may also feel itchy. Other symptoms of seasonal allergies include coughing and nasal congestion.
Seasonal Allergy Triggers
Tree pollen is among the most common triggers for allergic reactions. Other common spring allergies include mold and grass pollen. When you’re exposed to these allergens, your immune system might cause you to have an allergic reaction to them.
Ways to Relieve Seasonal Allergies
There are different methods you can use so you can breathe easier this spring. Keep the following tips in mind for allergy relief:
Avoid Allergy Trigger Exposure
One of the most effective ways to lower your risk of dealing with seasonal allergies is to avoid being exposed to allergens. There are some steps you can take to limit your exposure to seasonal allergens such as:
- Try to avoid being outside on days when it’s windy and dry. Instead, go outside after it rains or on days when it’s not windy.
- Change your clothes when you come in after being outdoors. Take off your shoes and leave them by the door, so that you don’t get allergens on carpeting and other surfaces.
- When handling gardening and lawn care, consider wearing a pollen mask.
Watch Pollen Counts
Keep track of pollen counts provided by local weather reports and other sources. Keep your windows and doors closed on high pollen count days to avoid letting pollen into your home.
Eliminate Allergens Indoors
Keeping your home clean helps get rid of any pollen or mold that might be inside. Vacuum frequently during spring. Other steps to take include the following:
- Change the air filter in your HVAC system
- Use air conditioning to cool your home rather than opening doors and windows
- Use a dehumidifier in your room if your home’s humidity levels are high
If you are experiencing seasonal allergies, make an appointment with New York ENT. Our board-certified physicians have extensive experience treating allergy symptoms.