4 Ways To Survive Allergy Season

April 26, 2018 5:13 pm Published by

Spring has sprung in New Haven County! People are doing their best to cope with sneezing, watery eyes, and other symptoms of allergies. The trees and plants that make the Connecticut shoreline so beautiful are also responsible for triggering allergy symptoms in some.

So many people suffer through this season, but there may be things you can do to ease your symptoms.

  1. Reduce exposure. Pollen counts are often higher between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., so try to avoid going outdoors during peak hours. If you have pets, make sure you wipe their feet after they have been outdoors. Frequent bathing is another way to control the amount of allergens on your pet’s fur. Instead of hanging clothes outside to dry, use your dryer to prevent pollen and other allergens from sticking to pants, shirts, and other types of clothing.
  2. Make cleaning a priority. Prevent outdoor allergens from aggravating your allergy symptoms by cleaning your home frequently during allergy season. Because grass, leaves, and other allergens can stick to the bottoms of your shoes, take your shoes off at the door. This will keep outdoor allergens from entering your bedroom, kitchen, or living area. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, put your clothes in the washer as soon as you get home. Regular dusting, vacuuming, and mopping will reduce allergen levels in your home, helping you keep your allergy symptoms at bay.
  3. Over-the-counter medications. If you plan to take allergy medication before you drive somewhere, look for non-drowsy formulas that will not impair your ability to drive safely. Decongestants will help you get rid of the stuffy nose that sometimes accompanies other allergy symptoms.
  4. Visit Stony Creek Urgent Care Center. If taking OTC medications and reducing your exposure to allergens does not improve your symptoms, see a doctor.