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When temperatures rise and flowers bloom, we know that spring has arrived. And that can mean a season full of sneezing, sniffling, and watery eyes thanks to allergies. Springtime allergies affect around 8% of American men and women.
Spring allergies are usually caused by the release of pollen from trees, grasses, flowers and weeds, although mold can be to blame, too. Your body’s immune system can perceive the pollen as a threat and release histamines into your body to fight it. It’s this histamine response that causes your itchy eyes, scratchy throat, and runny nose.
If you suffer from allergies, here are a few tips provided by First Choice Urgent Care that can keep you feeling well in the season ahead.
Pollen tends to peak before 10 am and again after sunset, so avoid venturing outdoors at these times. If you need to go out, keep your vehicle windows closed. And when you get back home, take a shower to remove any traces of pollen.
And if you have trouble with grass and flower pollen, try to get a gardener to take care of your yard.
If you have a cat or dog that loves to spend time outdoors, they’ll bring pollen back inside with them. Run a damp cloth over their fur to remove any pollen, and bathe them once a week to keep their fur looking great and pollen-free.
Furthermore, remove or regularly wash rugs they like to lie on. Remember to wash their bedding, too.
Sometimes household molds can be to blame for spring allergies, so give your house a good cleaning. Pay special attention to humid areas mold likes to grow in, such as your bathroom and kitchen. Scrub the surfaces with bleach, and keep those areas well-ventilated.
The last thing you want to wake up to is a roomful of pollen, so keep your windows closed at night to avoid that peak morning buildup. If you can, keep your windows closed during the allergy season and use your air conditioning. Try to install air filters in your conditioning and heating system to trap any pollen before it can become a problem.
And dust your home regularly with a damp cloth to remove any pollen that has managed to get in, and make sure to wash your family’s bedding regularly.
If you take medications to fight allergies, start taking them a week or two before spring starts, which is usually the second or third week of March.
By starting your medicine regimen a little early, you might be able to lessen your histamine response as much as possible before the season begins.
If you struggle with spring allergies, book an appointment online or over the phone with First Choice Urgent Care to learn how you can stay healthy.
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