When Spring Has Sprung Sneezing: 10 Tips for Allergy Sufferers

The beauty and warmth of Spring often bring the sneezing and runny noses of allergies. To make sure you get to enjoy this parting of Winter just like everyone else does, stay on top of your allergies with the following tips.

1. Find a Reliable Local Pollen Forecast

While some people obsess over umbrellas and hairspray with their local forecasts, you should obsess over allergy medication and masks over your local pollen count. Watch this information carefully so you know what to expect from your day and how to combat the onslaught of irritants coming your way.

2. Understand the Fatigue Associated With Your Allergies

If your allergies aren't under control, you're more likely to feel fatigued, which means you're suddenly tired before you've done anything to exhaust yourself. That's just your immune system working overtime, with allergic-responsive cytokines creeping through your bloodstream, telling your brain something is wrong. When your brain thinks your body needs help, it sends signals to make you feel tired.

3. Invest in Pollen Masks for Outdoor Activity

It's worth wearing a mask outside when the pollen count is high. There are various colors you could choose from to match your outfit and even funny masks you can use to poke fun at your allergic dilemma.

4. Allergy-Proof Your Professional Work Space

If your allergies seem to kick up a lot at work, ask your boss if you can investigate the matter further. Look for moisture, insulation, dusty ventilation outlets, and other culpable situations you may have control over. Clean your immediate environment with a substance you can tolerate and see that it remains free from dust and excess moisture. Look for a product that specifically states it won't aggravate allergies or asthma and you should be safe.

5. Take Your Allergy Meds With Water

Since allergies and the immune system are a complicated, sometimes unpredictable entanglement, be careful to take your medicine with water and not fruit juice or anything else that may interfere. 

6. Know That Wind Delivers Pollen Right to Your Nose

Despite the wonderful way wind can make you feel when you're in the middle of it, wind collects and carries the particulates in the air to your nose. When you know it's going to be windy out, pick an indoor activity for the day, if you can.

7. Change Clothes After You've Been Outside

Pollen is a visible, tangible substance that will settle onto your clothing, creating more allergy symptoms. As soon as you know you're through meandering around outside, put the worn clothes in the laundry and pop something fresh and clean on. This will give your immune system and you a little breathing room.

8. Close Your Windows at Night

No matter how much you enjoy the cool breeze from a Spring night, be careful not to sleep with your windows open. That will likely flood your room with pollen, causing sleep disruption and morning reactions.

9. Sleep Next to an Efficient Air Filter

A powerful, portable air filter close by where you sleep should help to clear the air of the particulates that will keep you up with sneezing and a runny nose.

10. Stay in Touch With Your Doctor

Allergies can change and without apparent provocation. One year you might be allergic to two things, but the next year, something else is added. It's important to be checked by your doctor, so you know which irritants to avoid and what the most effective medication is for you.

Don't dread the coming of Spring; prepare for it and stay on top of each and every day. Every day that you're not dealing with sneezing and a running nose is one that you get to enjoy to the fullest, which is what life's about.

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