Spring is in the air, and that means longer days, abundant sunshine, and more time spent outdoors. But for some, the beauty of springtime is overshadowed by the coughing, congestion, watery eyes, and other symptoms that accompany seasonal allergies and can make this time of year so hard to bear.
And while over-the-counter and prescription medications can help alleviate symptoms, there are additional measures to can take to help lessen the severity of seasonal allergies. Here are 5 tips to help you get your symptoms under control so that you can get back to enjoying the warmer weather that’s starting to kick in.
Check the Calendar
Seasonal allergies are largely predictable, so if you know you’re allergic to ragweed, for example, find out when the season starts in your region and prepare be taking your meds before the pollen starts flying.
Check Daily Pollen Counts
Generally speaking, pollen counts tend to peak on warm, breezy afternoons, so try to plan your outdoor activities accordingly. Also, look at ozone levels and other pollutants that can exacerbate allergy symptoms and trigger allergy induced asthma attacks.
Wash Away the Allergens
Experts recommend that allergy sufferers shower at night or after spending significant time outdoors to wash away pollen and other allergens that might have accumulated on skin and hair during the day.
Clear the Sinuses
Saline nasal spray and steam inhalation can help moisturize dry nasal passages, loosen mucus, and clear congestion. Better yet, these remedies are not habit forming like other nasal relief products.
Keep Allergens Out
Keep allergens and pollutants out of your home by cleaning or replacing your HVAC filter frequently – once a month during peak season. And, to help keep the sniffles at bay while tending to your lawn or garden, wear a filter mask over your face.
Speaking of cleaning or replacing your AC filter, your entire AC system needs to be cleaned and inspected once a year, and for several good reasons besides improved air quality:
- Fewer and less costly repairs
- Higher energy efficiency
- Lower utility costs
- Consistent temperatures throughout your home
- Longer system lifespan
If it’s been more than a year since your last AC cleaning and inspection, contact the home comfort specialists at Baylor today.