5 ways to fight spring allergies in Indiana

5 ways to fight spring allergies in Indiana

With a welcome abundance of glorious sunshine, colorful flowers and warmer weather, the arrival of spring in upper Indiana can be an assault on the senses—in good ways and bad. Allergies caused by ragweed, tree pollen and grass hit Indiana hard in the spring, and if you don't know how to properly handle them, they could drain the fun right out of the season. It's tough to stop and smell the flowers if you can't stop sneezing!

The good news is you're not necessarily helpless when it comes to battling spring allergies. Here are some preventative measures you can take to keep them at bay.

Know your enemy. How can you fight your allergies if you don't know what they are? See your physician to take an allergy skin test. It's fast, affordable and accurate, and it's the best way to find out what you’re fighting against, whether it's pollen, mold, weeds or trees.

Avoid triggers. Sunny days spent on the patio, afternoons working in the garden—some of the best things about spring are also major allergy triggers. Delegate your lawn duties if you can, and avoid spending time in the yard altogether if your allergies are severe. If that's not possible, wear a dust mask and try to work outside following a good rain, which clears pollen from the air.

Check the news. When pollen counts are high, it often makes headlines. You can even follow pollen forecasts online. When you know there's going to be a lot of pollen in the air, take allergy medications beforehand, plan indoor activities and close your windows to stay symptom-free.

Wash it off. The temptation to spend time outside on a gorgeous spring day is almost irresistible. Keep in mind, however, that you're taking a pollen bath just by being outside on those days. So when you come back inside, take a shower to wash away all the allergens, and throw your clothes in the washing machine for good measure.

Visit the drugstore. Get relief from seasonal allergies with over-the-counter medications. Antihistamines, oral decongestants and nose sprays are effective tools in the fight against allergies. See your physician if you think you might need a prescription.



Posted: 4/10/2015 by Goshen Health
Filed under: Allergic, Allergies, Allergy, Prescription, Seasonal, Spring

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