Spring in Georgia is a beautiful season filled with blooming flowers and warmer temperatures. However, for many of our residents at Marshall Pines Memory Care & Transitional Assisted Living, it can also mean the onset of spring allergies. Allergies can cause discomfort, interfere with daily activities, and even leave you more susceptible to other illnesses. But there are steps you can take to reduce allergens and feel more comfortable during the beautiful warm season. We’ve compiled our favorite tips for fighting spring allergies, and we hope you find some relief in these! Let’s jump in:
The first step in fighting spring allergies is to know what to look for. Common symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, and coughing. If you experience these symptoms, talk to your doctor or healthcare provider about the best way to manage them. They may recommend over-the-counter antihistamines or prescription medications to help alleviate your symptoms.
One of the best ways to reduce the impact of allergies is to keep the air in your living space clean. Use a HEPA air purifier to remove allergens from the air. You should also keep your windows and doors closed during high pollen count days to prevent allergens from entering your living space.
Allergens can stick to your clothes and hair, so it’s important to practice good hygiene during allergy season. Shower or bathe regularly to remove any pollen or other allergens from your skin and hair, especially before bed. You should also wash your hands frequently, especially after spending time outdoors. Additionally, after spending time outdoors, throw your clothes in the laundry hamper immediately. Keeping those allergens off your body as much as possible is going to be super helpful.
Spring is a great time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, but it’s important to be aware of the pollen count. Check your local weather report for pollen counts, and avoid outdoor activities during high pollen count days. If you are extra-sensitive and do need to go outside, consider wearing a face mask to prevent pollen from entering your nose and mouth.
Regular cleaning is an essential part of allergy prevention. Dust and vacuum your living space frequently to remove any allergens that may have settled on surfaces. You should also wash your bedding and curtains regularly, as these can harbor allergens. If you have pets, make sure to bathe them as well to remove any pollen or other allergens from their fur.
If your allergies are particularly severe, your doctor may recommend allergy shots. Allergy shots involve injecting a small amount of allergen under your skin, which can help your body build up immunity to the allergen over time. This can help reduce the severity of your allergy symptoms and improve your overall quality of life. Always consult with your physician first.
Finally, it’s important to stay informed about allergy season in your area. Check your local weather report regularly for pollen counts, and keep track of any symptoms you experience. If you notice that your symptoms are getting worse, talk to your healthcare provider about adjusting your allergy management plan.
Spring allergies can be particularly difficult to experience and manage, but there are steps you can take to reduce their impact! With the above tips, you can stay happy and healthy during allergy season. If you’re unsure about how to manage your allergies, talk to your doctor or nurse for personalized advice!
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