Unlike springtime allergies, which are often the result of blooming trees, summertime allergies are typically due to the pollen in maturing grasses. Pollen travels in the air, so if you are sensitive to it, you may experience allergy symptoms.
Symptoms of summertime allergies are similar to that of a cold, and, in fact, many people mistakenly believe they have a summer cold, when, in fact, they are suffering from allergies. If you have watery or itchy eyes, experience sneezing or coughing, or have dark circles under your eyes, you may be suffering from allergies. There are a variety of things you can do to feel better this time of year.
Stay Inside When Pollen Counts Are Highest
Pollen counts are typically highest in the morning, and start to fall after about 10 am. If you normally exercise outside in the mornings, you may want to switch to an evening schedule during the summer. Likewise, gardening and other outdoor chores are best done in the late afternoon or evening. You can check the pollen count on a weather forecast if you’re unsure of what it is.
Take Medications to Treat Symptoms
There are a variety of over the counter and prescription medications that can ease allergy symptoms. Antihistamines, decongestants, eye drops, and nasal irrigation can all ease allergy symptoms. Nasal sprays, both decongestant and corticosteroid, are fine for short-term use, but should not be used for longer than three days.
Maintain the Ventilation System in Your Home
Keeping your home pollen- and dust-free will make you much more comfortable. Run your air conditioner, rather than opening windows. It is important that your HVAC system is well-maintained, so that it works as efficiently as possible. Replace the filters regularly, to reduce strain on the unit and to prevent pollen and dust from being blown into your home. Contact an HVAC specialist like HomeSmartFrom Xcel Energy if your system needs maintenance.
Clean Your Home Frequently
Vacuum frequently, using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Dust furniture with a damp microfiber cloth so that you remove dust, rather than simply moving it from place to place. You may be more comfortable if you wear a mask while cleaning.
Don’t Go To Bed without Showering
If you spend a lot of time outside during the day, take a shower in the evening, wash your hair, and put on clean clothes. You don’t want to contaminate your couch or bed with pollen. The goal is to leave as much pollen outside as possible.
Taking these five steps to deal with allergies this summer will greatly reduce your allergy symptoms. By managing your allergies, you will find your summer much more enjoyable. If your allergies still keep you uncomfortable after taking these measures, speak with your doctor for additional recommendations.