Even though most people welcome the warmer weather of spring, the green buds on trees, and flowers popping up from the ground, anyone with seasonal allergies can’t wait for the season to be over. When some people are cutting flowers and making arrangements, others are sneezing, sniffling, and rubbing their eyes. So what can you do about it?
At Rawlins County Health Center, we want to treat patients with care and a range of exceptional services. If you’re suffering from seasonal allergies and need more than just over-the-counter medication, visit our health clinic and we’ll do our best to help you out. In the meantime, here are a few things you can do to combat the symptoms of pesky allergies.
Reduce Your Exposure
We don’t want to suggest that you need to stay indoors and avoid all life during the spring season, however, you can try:
- Staying inside on dry or windy days.
- Enlist someone else to mow the lawn or pull the weeds.
- Wash clothes right away after they have been exposed to outside allergens.
- Dry your clothes inside with a dryer rather than on a clothesline.
When Pollen Counts Are High
- Watch the news to find out when pollen counts are high.
- Take medication before symptoms begin.
- Keep doors and windows closed.
- Pollen counts tend to be higher in the morning, so only go outside in the afternoon.
Protect Your Inside Air Quality
- Install a high-efficiency HEPA filter in the forced heating or air conditioning systems.
- Use a dehumidifier to keep the air dry.
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
Clean Your Sinuses
Use a saline solution to give your nose and sinuses a good rinse. With a squeeze bottle from a health clinic, rinsing the sinuses will help relieve congestion and flush out mucus and allergens.
Whether it’s a nasal spray, antihistamine, or decongestant, medication is a quick solution to provide some relief. If over-the-counter medication doesn’t seem to cut it, feel free to schedule an appointment with your doctor at Rawlins County Health Center.
People with allergies can dread spring, but with the right allergy protection and medication, you can enjoy it! If you have any questions, contact Rawlins County Health Center today.