3 Ways to Fight Back Against Spring Allergies

Ah, spring! A season for flowers, warmer weather, and...allergies?

What causes allergies?

Millions of Americans struggle through allergies caused by pollen every year. In spring, tree pollen is the main culprit, while summer and fall pollen is more commonly released by ragweed. Seasonal allergies are characterized by sneezing, watery and itchy eyes, and a runny nose.

3 Ways to Reduce Allergy Symptoms

If you’re someone who struggles with allergies, you may be thinking, “How do I prevent allergy symptoms?”. The reality is that there isn’t a proven way to prevent allergy symptoms, but there are ways to reduce your symptoms through medication and limiting your exposure to allergens.

Over the counter medication

The first method of managing allergy symptoms is with medication. You’re likely already familiar with this method, but be sure to do your research or talk to a doctor before choosing an allergy medication. Common medications are typically antihistamines or decongestants (though some are a combination). Different medications affect people differently, so it’s important to find one that works best for you.

Watch the pollen count

Weather forecasts can tell you when pollen levels are especially high. If there’s a day with a higher level of pollen in the air, take some preventative measures to avoid allergy symptoms:

  • Avoid working out or doing other high-energy activities in the morning (when pollen counts are highest)
  • Close doors and windows during high pollen count days to prevent pollen from coming inside
  • If you do venture out, shower and change clothes after coming back inside to wash away pollen from your skin and hair

Protect indoor air

Unfortunately, there’s no product or method that can rid your home of pollen and other allergens 100%, but regular cleaning and air filters can help reduce symptoms. For central heating and air conditioning systems, use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters and air cleaners to filter out airborne particles. Dust and vacuum regularly to pick up particles and contaminants, so they aren’t reintroduced into your air supply.

We can’t prevent allergy symptoms, but we can follow these tips to help reduce their effect. Contact the HVAC experts at Bailey Plumbing Heating Cooling to learn how today!