April Showers Bring May Flowers… Not Just Allergies!

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As the weather is getting warmer, the snow is finally on its way out! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the days are longer, but for some of us who we know this season as something else – allergy season.

The sneezing, the need to mouth breathe because nasal congestion means no breathing through the nose, the never-stops-running runny nose, the itchy and watering eyes, and the trying of all the meds to cope. With the right preparation, you can leave all that behind and enjoy everything spring has to offer.

PREPARE YOURSELF
Just like checking the weather, you can actually check for allergy! Know what the day is going to be like – high allergy outlook, stay indoors. Wear sunglasses and a hat to prevent allergens from blowing into your eyes.

GET RID OF POTENTIAL OFFENDERS
Clear out your garden of dead leaves or plants to limit mold growth. Ensure the air quality of your home is taken care of by checking up on your air filters at home. These will remove particles and allergens from your indoor air.

LEAVE THE OUTSIDE OUTSIDE
You might notice how when you’re at home, your symptoms are better. That’s because you have control over what’s in the air at home. To keep the environment free of allergens, change out of your clothes as soon as you get home, to prevent pollen from tracking in your home and extending your exposure. Taking a shower will get rid of the pollen stuck on you or in your hair. Hose down your dog so that your pet isn’t carrying pollen in the home as well.

EARLY START
Get started on your outdoor activities earlier – peak pollen counts are typically at their highest in the evening, and on warm and windy days.

PREP A KIT
Carry your allergy kit in your bag or keep it in your car. Make sure you have tissues, allergy meds, nasal sprays, eye drops – whatever you need to help get you through when the symptoms hit!

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