Spring is in the air and along with it, pollen and other allergens, ready to wreak havoc on immune and respiratory systems everywhere. If you suffer from spring allergies, you may already be armed with the proper medications like Claritin (Save $4.00 now). Here are other ways to reduce allergies:
Wear glasses or sunglasses when outdoors. Covering your eyes protects them from pollen and other irritants, which reduces itchiness and redness.
Shower and wash your hair before bed. A quick shower rinses off the pollen you’ve collected throughout the day and keeps you from spending the night lying in a bunch of allergens. Also, consider keeping pets out of your bedroom if they’ve been outside—pollen can stick to fur.
Stay inside when pollen counts are at their peak. Pollen counts are typically highest during the afternoon hours, so avoid going outside then and keep windows closed.
Replace air conditioning and furnace filters. It’s important to change filters every three months and use filters with a MERV rating of 8 to 12. A MERV rating tells you how well the filter can remove pollen and mold from the air as it passes through.
Keep things clean. Allergens such as pollen tend to stick to fabrics, which means you can deposit allergens from your clothes onto your furniture, your pillows and your bedding. Wash or clean these items more than usual during the spring season.
Also, a saline nose spray can be a natural ally for many spring allergy sufferers. Rinsing your nasal passages in the evening can wash away allergens and pollen, reducing allergy symptoms.