Woman blowing her nose outside.

April showers may bring May flowers, but they also usher in the beginning of allergy season for more than 50 million people in the U.S. Since it’s almost impossible to avoid pollen from trees, grasses and weeds, those who experience symptoms are often left wondering how to prepare for allergy season.

Aside from the annoying sneezes, runny noses, watery eyes and tickly throats, allergies are also hard on the pocketbook. The cost of managing nasal allergies is between $3 billion and $4 billion each year. Thankfully, you can find plenty of personal care coupons and allergy medicine coupons available to get your sneezes and sniffles under control.

How to prepare for allergy season

There often isn’t one magical solution that tames allergies. By having a full arsenal of products at the ready, you’ll be prepared to fight back from several directions at the first signs of symptoms.

Buy local honey

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down — but what if a spoonful of sugar was your actual medicine? One study found that ingesting local honey can help improve symptoms of pollen allergies. The science behind this natural remedy is akin to the same concept as getting allergy shots: Both contain small amounts of the substances you’re allergic to, which helps you build immunity over time. Look for local honey (farmer’s markets usually carry it) because it comes from the bees pollinating the same plants in your local area that are making you sneeze.

Sleep with nasal strips

Nighttime congestion and snoring are some of the most frustrating parts of allergy season because they can keep you (or your partner!) from getting a good night’s sleep. Keep your nasal passages open with the help of Breathe Right nose strips that relieve snoring and nighttime nasal congestion due to allergies. These simple adhesive strips contain no drugs, so they won’t interact with other allergy medications.

Try eye drops

Itchy eyes can also be a major irritation. The second you start scratching, the problem only gets worse. Find the relief you crave with Visine Allergy Eye Relief, which contains antihistamines to temporarily stop the itch and redness. Put these drops at the top of your list when deciding how to prepare for allergy season.

Stock up on tissues

Are you sneezing so often that your family has decided to stop “blessing you” after each round? Then you’re probably going through tissues pretty quickly. Buy in bulk so you don’t get stranded with a runny nose and nowhere to blow it.

Know how to treat rashes

If your allergies are morphing into itchy hives or rashes, or if you have especially bad reactions to bug bites, then a topical ointment may provide the fastest relief from symptoms. Cortizone-10 offers maximum-strength itch relief thanks to its key ingredient hydrocortisone, and it’s available in a cream, gel or liquid application.

Keep wearing a mask

Face masks aren’t only useful for helping to stop the spread of viruses — they may also prevent allergens from entering your nose, throat and lungs. One study even found that they can help reduce ocular allergic rhinitis symptoms. That means goodbye to itchy eyes.

Take over-the-counter medications

Nonprescription drugs like Claritin and Zyrtec can work wonders to stop seasonal allergy symptoms in their tracks. These antihistamines’ effects should last up to 12 to 24 hours for a single dose, and they come with a low risk of drowsiness as a side effect. They also come in a variety of convenient forms (tablets, chewables and liquids).

Saving while stocking up

Some of the mentioned brand name products can be on the pricier side — however, these brands often issue manufacturer’s coupons to help bring down the cost, for example, of a 90-day supply of Zyrtec. Keep an eye on our Personal Care coupons page and our cash back offer app for these deals. Also, generic or store-brand counterparts of these options are a great way to shave a few dollars off your receipt (and they work just as effectively!).

Now that you know which products to look out for, you and your family will have the peace of mind to enjoy all the best parts of the great outdoors this season.