More sunshine means new beginnings, gorgeous flowers, and more time outside. But for people with allergies, spring brings one more thing: suffering. If checking the pollen count comes before enjoying the scenery, that’s not right! We can help. Come see us for relief! In the meantime, here are 5 things you can do to minimize the discomfort:
- Pollen tends to have a higher count in the mornings and early evenings. During these times, stay inside and keep windows closed. If you enjoy a morning run, consider an alternative indoor workout during peak allergy season.
- Take a shower before going to sleep. Doing this at night can rinse away any lingering allergens and leave you with a clearer eye and nasal area, as well as a more restful night’s sleep!
- Keep artificial tears close by. They can temporarily alleviate allergy symptoms by lubricating your eyes when they feel dry and itchy, and they’re usually small enough to fit inside a purse or pocket. If you don’t have any good eye drops, use a cool compress as an alternative method of relief.
- If your allergies are caused by dust or pet dander, vacuum. A lot. Dust collects quickly and can be difficult to spot until there’s a high amount of it. Pets can shed fast and often, and just when you think you’ve removed all the fur from your sofa, carpet, or bed, you suddenly find more, so vacuum a few times each week.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and change your linens more often during the spring season. Remnants of airborne allergens can stay on your hands, towels, and bed sheets. Washing them more frequently can minimize some of your symptoms and reactions.
Though it may be tempting, don’t rub your eyes! This can actually aggravate the allergy response. If you find yourself using artificial tears more than four times a day, or other short-term solutions aren’t enough, speak with your EYEcenter doctor. You may be able to receive antihistamine eye drops or other prescription medications to ease your discomfort. To learn more about allergy symptoms and relief, and to schedule your appointment, click here.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.