Tips For Dealing With Seasonal Allergies

Tips For Dealing With Seasonal Allergies

by Bryn Fest

The majority of people will love it when the weather gets better, the flowers start to bloom, and there is more sunlight in the world. In other words, they’ll love it when spring and summer roll around each year and they can get out and about more and enjoy nature to the utmost.

Unfortunately, some people can’t do this. They have seasonal allergies like hayfever that cause them to be uncomfortable when the pollen count is high, as it will be during the summer months. This can mean they have to stay inside more than they want to and miss out on a lot of fun.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be this way, however. There are things that can be done that will alleviate the symptoms of hayfever and allow people, no matter what kind of pollen they might be allergic to (because there are many different types), to enjoy the summer as much as they want to. Read on to find out more.

Recognize The Symptoms

As we mentioned above, there are different types of hayfever and seasonal allergies. Some will be triggered by plant pollen, some by grass (and this could be cut or living grass), some by tree pollen, and so on. This leads to the fact that there are different symptoms of seasonal allergies as well. In other words, depending on what you are allergic to and your own specific allergies, you’ll react in different ways. For some, this might be sneezing, while others will have a runny nose and sore throat, or perhaps you’ll have itchy eyes. It could be your skin that itches or you might find you have respiratory problems (which is especially true if you have asthma, for example).

It’s useful to understand just what kinds of symptoms you have and what might be causing them. If you have worse hayfever during the springtime, then it is likely to be tree pollen that causes your symptoms. Summer often means grass or flowers. When you know what you’re allergic to and what your symptoms are, you can be much more tuned in with your health and start preventative measures earlier, helping you to make the most of the sunshine where possible.

Take Medication

We’re very lucky that we live in a world in which medication for seasonal allergies has been created. In the past, people would just have had to suffer through in many cases or, as we’ve said, stay inside and miss out on the fun of life in the summer.

If you suffer from hayfever, it’s a good idea to use medication if you can. You can even buy it online at to make things easier and ensure you never run out of pills. Taking medication as a preventative measure when you know the pollen count is high or taking it when symptoms have already started to make you uncomfortable can help you a lot.

Protect Yourself

No matter what else you do, the more you can protect yourself against seasonal allergies, the better. One way to do this is to stay indoors when the pollen count is high, but although this is effective, this is not what most people will want to do, and that’s why it’s good to know about other methods too. Medication is one such method, but there are other things you can do as well as this to ensure you don’t have a terrible summer.

You can invest in an air purifier for your home, for example. By running this during the night, you can ensure that as much pollen is removed from the air as possible, allowing you to get a good night’s sleep, and when you wake up, you’ll have fewer symptoms to contend with. You can also make sure you have the right clothing on when you go outside – sunglasses will protect your eyes from pollen, and long sleeves, pants, and a hat will stop pollen from sticking to your skin and causing problems. Plus, when you’re at home or out in the car, keep your windows closed.

Don’t Take Pollen Inside With You

Following on from the above point, the last thing you’ll want to do is to take any pollen from outside indoors with you. This will make your home, which should be a safe space for you if you’re feeling unwell, become unpleasant and set your symptoms off even more.

The problem with pollen is that it’s extremely sticky. It sticks to your hair and skin, as we’ve said, but also to your clothes. When you go inside after being outdoors for a while, it’s a good idea to change your clothes and immediately wash the ones you were wearing to remove the pollen. You should also hop into the shower if you can, as this will wash away any remaining pollen. At the very least, make sure you wash your hands regularly.

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