They say “one man’s meat is another man’s poison”, and we can’t agree more. This is totally true especially when you ask people: “What does Spring mean to you?”.
Some might say that it is the emblem of a fresh start and the end of their winter blues. Others might state that spring is the beginning of a nightmare; between runny nose, red and watery eyes, uninterrupted sneezes, and terrible headaches, there is no room left to enjoy this season.
So, if you are one of those people who dread the arrival of spring, here is everything you need to know about spring allergies and how to fight them back.
What is spring allergy?
As soon as spring begins, flower and tree buds blossom and pollens start roaming freely in the air, many people with hay fever start showing allergy symptoms. This is because the body treats pollens as foreign substances and releases antibodies to fend them off. This triggers histamines in the blood which is responsible for the following allergy symptoms:
- Runny nose and sneezing
- Dark under-eye circles
- Nasal congestion
- Red and watery eyes
- Itchy eyes
How to treat spring allergy?
It is highly recommended to consult an allergist before trying any allergy relief on your own. An allergist will prescribe the following seasonal allergy medications such as antihistamines, nasal sprays, and decongestants. If these allergy medications don’t give you the desired relief, allergy shots might be your last resort.
Now of course you’ve heard from your grandma about some bizarre allergy medications such as butterbur extract, spirulina, peppermint oil, local honey, and more. Again, it is always better to consult your doctor before trying any medications and even home remedies.
“Prevention is better than cure”
Because the spring season doesn’t always have to be that bad on you, avoid the allergic reaction symptoms and put an end to any allergy triggers. In other words:
- Check the forecast. If the pollen count is high, it is better to stay indoors.
- Use an air purifier to keep the air clean and pollen-free as much as possible.
- Close the windows and doors, especially on windy days when the pollen count peaks.
- Vacuum and dust more often but not without your face mask.
- Put gardening chores on hold or wear protective clothing.
- Always shower after your outdoor activities.
- Groom your pets! Don’t be surprised; pets can carry pollens straight to your bedroom.
- Avoid drying your clothes outside.
- Wear a face mask whenever you are outside.
- Don’t wait for symptoms to start. Take an allergy relief when you know that the pollen count will be high.
It’s time to make a truce with the spring season! Follow these 10 tips and keep the daunting spring allergy at bay!