Tips for Seasonal Allergy Sufferers

The following tips can help with allergy relief

Almost 35 million Americans suffer from *seasonal allergies[Survive Seasonal Allergies]. For many of us, that means we spend the spring and fall in a haze of itchy, watery eyes, runny noses and endless sneezing.

Unfortunately, seasonal allergies can't be completely avoided, because the season lasts several months. However, you can limit your symptoms by knowing which allergens are most prevalent at which times, so that you can do the right things to get allergy relief.

There are things that everyone with seasonal allergies can do to help themselves.

  1. First of all, close your windows and limit the entry of pollen into your home. Use your air conditioning to keep the humidity down and the air cleaner.
  2. Reduce your activities outside, especially when pollen is at its highest. When should you avoid being outside? Pollen is usually at its worst in the early morning, and on windy and humid days.
  3. Shower right before you go to bed. If you shower at night, you help to get rid of any pollen you've picked up in your travels.
  4. If you wash your bedding frequently, you'll eliminate pollen from a critical location. You sleep for 8 hours in your sheets; you want them to be allergen free. Be sure to dry your bedding indoors, or you'll be collecting pollen while your sheets dry.
  5. Take the right antihistamine for you. Many are now non-sedating. You can also take a decongestant to help relieve nasal symptoms.
  6. Don't forget to see a doctor, if your self-care measures are not working. Your doctor can help to identify your unique allergens, and get you the right treatment.

Which types of pollen are in the air during which months? In March and April, expect tree pollen from oak, elm and birch. From May to July, grass pollen dominates the seasonal allergy scene. From August to October, ragweed is the biggest offender, but other weeds are also pollinating, including sagebrush, pigweed and tumbleweed. To finish the seasonal allergy months, from late October to November, mold flourishes in falling leaves, and mold is another common allergen. For effective allergy relief, try reducing your contact with those that trigger your allergy symptoms.

April 30, 2007


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