10 Tips for Managing Spring Allergies
Here's how to minimize your exposure when pollen counts are high.
- Drive with your car windows closed.
- When at home, keep windows and outside doors shut. If you have air conditioning, use it. Both central and room air conditioning units have filters that effectively reduce your exposure.
- After you've been outdoors, wash your hands to reduce the amount of pollen you transfer from your hands to your eyes or nose.
- Keep pets that spend time outdoors out of the bedroom.
- Stay inside during the peak pollen hours of 5 to 10 a.m.
- After you’ve been outdoors, consider changing clothes or taking a shower to remove pollen.
- Dry laundry in a dryer; avoid hanging clothes outside to dry.
- Exercise indoors or enjoy outdoor activities after a sustained rain, when pollen counts are low.
- When outside, wear glasses or sunglasses to reduce the amount of pollen that gets in your eyes.
- Some allergy medications may work best if taken throughout the pollen season and before allergen exposure rather than intermittently. Consult your physician to learn what might work best for you.
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