How to Manage Spring Allergies
It’s that time of year, when winter fades away and the weather is perfect for a walk around the park. But when your family is celebrating spring with that beautiful weekend picnic, you feel it. That itchy tingle in your nose, that watery sting in your eyes—it’s allergies! With pollen counts on a seasonal high in Texas, anyone who is sensitive to seasonal allergies and asthma will want to take precautions with all their outdoor activities this month.
In Texas, oak pollen is extremely heavy, while ragweed is very low. This is different than most allergy seasons, so your body might be reacting differently, depending on your pollen sensitivities. Here is some helpful advice to keep you and your sinuses healthy this spring.
Keep Windows, Doors, & Cars Shut
This is probably the hardest thing to do when the weather is nice. All you want to do is open the windows and enjoy that fresh springtime air but inhaling all that pollen might do more harm than good. If you open some windows to enjoy a nice breeze, but your nose starts to run and your head starts to hurt after it is open for a little while, then go close it again and relax with some AC instead.
After you’ve done an outdoor activity, like planting new flowers in the garden, or going to the zoo with the kids, make sure you take thorough shower. Wash your hair and change your clothes to help minimize your exposure to pollen spores.
Wear a Mask
When you have outdoor chores, like mowing the lawn, that you just can’t avoid, try wearing a filtering mask over your mouth and nose while you do it. The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology recommends NiOSH-rated 95 filter masks, for the most effective protection. These masks can help to shield your respiratory passages from pollen and dust during these chores and will help keep you breathing clearly throughout the day.
Seasonal allergies can be difficult to manage on your own. If you suffer from severe allergies, then keep an eye on your symptoms and allergic triggers. Know when to see an allergist for medication, and if your allergies begin to cause serious health problems—like asthma attacks—know where to go for emergency care. Kyle ER is open 24/7, even on Easter, and is available to help you with your allergy emergencies.
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