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7 Strategies To Handle Your Spring Allergies

March 16, 2023

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Spring is in the air. Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh grass, newly-emerging flowers, and the warmer spring weather? People who have spring allergies, that’s who! Allergies to the pollen released by many types of plants in the spring can cause tons of unpleasant symptoms like itchy and watery eyes, a runny or stuffed-up nose, sneezing, wheezing, and more. 

But how can you keep your spring allergies in check, and get through the season more easily? Find out now in this blog from Premier Allergy & Asthma. We’ll discuss seven ways that you can mitigate and overcome your allergies, and maybe even enjoy the spring weather yourself!

how to handle your spring allergies

1. Keep Your Windows And Doors Closed As Much As Possible

Your home should be your refuge from pollen. Even if you can’t see it, pollen will enter your home if you leave your windows and door open, leading to spring allergy symptoms developing, even when you’re inside.

The spring weather is nice, but if you have allergies, keeping your windows and doors closed as much as possible is definitely necessary to reduce your symptoms and keep your home clean.

2. Invest In A HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Filtration System

Even if you keep your windows and doors closed as much as possible, some pollen and allergens will get into your home. So consider purchasing a HEPA filtration system. Smaller systems are standalone and can be plugged into a standard power outlet, but there are also larger systems that connect directly to your HVAC system.

HEPA systems help remove tons of small contaminants and particles from the air, including pollen. By filtering your air, you can improve your home’s overall air quality and reduce your allergy symptoms.

3. Keep An Eye On Pollen Counts, And Avoid Outdoor Activity On The Worst Days

Pollen counts fluctuate over time, and most weather apps and websites will report the daily pollen count. When pollen counts are very high, such as on windy, dry days, you should stay inside. 

Pollen counts also are higher in the morning and near dusk, so keep this in mind, too. If you have allergies, the best time to go outside, do yard work, and enjoy the weather is after a rainy day. Rain helps clear pollen out of the air, reducing pollen counts and allergy symptoms.

4. Shower And Change Your Clothes After You Come Inside

Showering and changing after you come home from outside is another good way to reduce pollen buildup in your home, and particularly on your bedding. Change out of your clothes when you get home, and toss them in a separate laundry hamper or basket, and hop in the shower to clean away pollen.

5. Sweep And Vacuum Your Home Regularly

During the spring, you may also want to sweep and vacuum your home more regularly. Despite your best efforts, some pollen will always get into your home. Sweeping and vacuuming surfaces and cleaning your furniture can help you stay on top of things and eliminate allergens. 

6. Keep Your Car Clean, Too!

Don’t forget about your car! Don't drive with the windows down, and make sure you turn on the “recirculate air” function when your A/C is on. This prevents your car from drawing in more air from outside of the vehicle.

Vacuuming your car every once in a while during the spring is also a good idea. Like your home, it’s inevitable that some pollen will build up within your car, so do your best to keep it clean and vacuum allergens away.

7. Start Taking Allergy Medicine Two Weeks Before Your Symptoms Typically Begin

If you know when your spring allergies usually begin, taking over-the-counter or prescription allergy medication two weeks before they start is a good idea. This helps antihistamines build up in your system, reducing the severity of springtime allergies once they start to develop.

Need Help Managing Your Allergies? Come To Premier Allergy & Asthma!

Allergy season is just around the corner. If you need help managing your spring allergies in Central Ohio, the team at Premier Allergy & Asthma is here for you. With 11 offices throughout the greater Columbus area, we’re ready to provide you with the allergy management solutions you need. Stop dreading spring, and get the help you need to get through allergy season in Central Ohio. Contact Premier Allergy & Asthma online now to schedule your consultation with one of our expert allergists in Ohio, and take the first steps toward allergy relief.