Picture this: it’s a beautiful day and you’re spending it at the park with your family. You’ve packed a picnic. Birds are chirping. Life is good. You take a deep breath in to smell the flowers and the freshly cut grass when it hits you….allergy season. We’ve got five tips to make the outdoors enjoyable during allergy season.
Scrub your house down.
Your living space collects more irritants than you’d think, meaning you never fully escape your triggers. Make your home a safe haven from allergies by dusting, wiping surfaces down, vacuuming, mopping, and washing bedding often. Your child’s stuffed animals can be cleaned by putting them inside a ziplock bag and tossing them in the freezer for 24 hours to kills the allergens. Don’t forget to change your HVAC filter which helps to remove pollutants from the air.
Watch the pollen count.
Many of us with summer allergies are triggered by pollen, which is most active this time of year. If you suspect that’s the culprit of your allergies, check the pollen count so you can plan accordingly. When it’s high, you may want to stay inside or at least pack your nasal spray.
Freshen up after time outdoors.
Your clothes and hair track in pollen from outside so be sure to shower and change clothes as soon as you get in. You may even want to throw your clothes in the wash before the pollen becomes airborne in your home. Don’t forget to hose your pets down too! Hypoallergenic pets can still spread pollen, which is a problem if that’s what you’re allergic to.
Take care of yourself.
Stress in your body releases the chemical histamine, which is a major contributor to allergies. However, it’s not just mental stress that can trigger histamine production. Poor lifestyle choices like not getting enough sleep, dehydration, under-eating, or eating unhealthy foods are also common stressors.
Talk to your doctor.
Allergies can take the fun out of summer. We recommend visiting your general doctor to talk about remedies. They can prescribe or recommend an over-the-counter oral antihistamine, decongestant, or nasal spray. Depending on your insurance, the prescription option is often cheaper after co-pay. Your doctor might also talk to you about allergy testing to identify your triggers.