Spring, summer and early fall are wonderful seasons to enjoy the natural beauty of the outdoors. Unfortunately, for many people these warmer months signal allergy season. Allergies can cause post nasal drip, itchy eyes, scratchy throat and sneezing and if left untreated can quickly turn into a sinus infection or upper respiratory infection. Here are some tips to address seasonal allergies so that you can enjoy the outdoors again.
Wash Away All Traces of Pollen
Get in the habit of thoroughly washing your hands after being outside in order to remove any tiny grains of pollen. Following a prolonged time outside, take a shower and wash your hair as well. Pollen is a sticky substance that can easily adhere to body, hair or clothing. By washing very carefully after you’ve been outdoors you’ll help avoid unknowingly rubbing pollen into your eyes or nose.
Check The Pollen Count
The National Allergy Bureau has an online tool that provides accurate information about current mold and pollen counts by location. Local news outlets can also be a helpful resource to check current pollen counts. Get into the habit of checking the pollen count before you go outdoors, and try to limit outdoor time on days that have a high pollen concentration.
Avoid or Limit Over-The-Counter Allergy Medicines
In some cases, OTC allergy medications can be effective, but it is really best to avoid them if possible. Many allergy medications have troublesome side effects like drowsiness, dizziness and even confusion and they can also interact negatively with prescription medications. Before taking any medication, always consult with your health care professional.
Avoid Your Allergens
Sometimes the best solution is the simplest. If you know that you’re allergic to grasses, then try to remain indoors when the grass is being cut. If you’re not sure what specific allergens trouble you, consider getting tested. Allergy drops or shots may be helpful for building up a tolerance to the things that trigger your allergies.
Here are some additional tips for dealing with seasonal allergies:
- Have a “no shoe” policy for yourself and anyone visiting your apartment or home.
- On high pollen count days, turn on the air conditioner instead of opening windows.
- Don’t place your sweater or jacket over the back of your outdoor seat or leave any other articles of clothing outside.
- Wear a hat, sunglasses and bandana outside to help prevent pollen from flying into your eyes, hair or face.
At Lighthouse Senior Living, we believe that an active and engaged life is a brighter life. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, taking some extra steps to limit your exposure to allergens will enable you to get on with the important business of healthy living. To learn more about our assisted living communities in Columbia and Baltimore, schedule a tour today.