With the arrival of springtime comes bright blossoms and the trees regaining their brilliant green hues. Unfortunately, springtime is also a time of misery for more than 50 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, allergies are one of the leading causes of chronic illness in the United States. Sneezing, sniffling, and itchy and watery eyes are common symptoms of seasonal allergies, making it hard to be outside at times. Spending time indoors can also trigger allergies, as people breathe airborne mold spores in attics, closets, and basements.
Allergy symptoms vary by person; some only have mild allergic symptoms, such as sneezing. Still, others can suffer from allergy symptoms for more extended periods, such as weeks or months. Spring and summer months are the worst parts of the year for seasonal allergies.
How to Effectively Manage Your Seasonal Allergies
Seasonal allergies occur when you breathe in allergens such as pollen and mold, causing your body to react. The body’s immune system interprets the allergen as a threat and responds with an inflammatory response, just as with other allergies. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to manage and reduce allergy symptoms:
- Use hot water to wash linens weekly to minimize pollen in your bedroom
- Wash your hair before you sleep at night to remove pollen accumulation
- Run your vacuum once a week, and if you have hardwood or tile floor, sweep often
- If you use throw rugs, opt for washable rugs so you can clean them regularly
- Change your HVAC filter every 20 to 30 days
- When cleaning, wear a painter’s mask and gloves to reduce your allergen exposure
You can treat most allergies with over-the-counter (OTC) medications or by prescription from your doctor. Your physician may recommend managing your allergies with a series of allergy shots. You can contact your doctor or allergist to determine your best treatment options.