• Get A Jump Start On Managing Spring Allergies

    on Mar 6th, 2019

Ahhh …. spring. The grass is turning green, the birds are singing their songs, and all of nature is putting on a beautiful show. While it’s easy to appreciate the warmer weather — and the lovely vistas that come with the promise of spring — some people aren’t so thrilled. In fact, for them, it’s less “Ahhh …. spring” and more “Ahh-choo …. spring.”

If you’re among the more than 50 million Americans who suffer with hay fever and seasonal allergies every year, you might not be so delighted when the weather warms up. Pollen counts grow as flowers, trees, and grasses begin to reawaken, and the air you breathe is chock full of these disruptive little particles, leaving you in misery. Red-nosed, scratchy-eyed, coughing and sneezing, you try to find some relief, other than waiting out the springtime pollen invasion.

Proactive allergy management

One of the ways you can manage your allergies, in the spring and throughout the year, is to be proactive. Recognizing your triggers allows you to plan ahead and avoid those certain substances that bring on fits of sneezing and watery eyes.

Check the pollen counts in the Portland, Oregon, area and plan your outdoor time around those higher counts, or when your biggest triggers are in bloom.

Knowledge is power, right? So when you notice the pollen counts climbing, especially involving the pollen producers that nag you the most, try to remain indoors as much as possible. Limit outdoor exercise until the particular threat is over, and keep the windows in your home and car closed. This cuts down drastically on your pollen exposure.

You can’t stay quarantined

Of course, you can’t stay indoors indefinitely. With that in mind, here are some additional suggestions to help you get a jump on managing your spring allergies.

Limit indoor pollen

When you return from being outdoors, even from just your commute to work or a quick run to the grocery store, leave your shoes outside your home, if possible. Take a shower, and put on clean clothes.

If your four-legged friends have been outside for any period of time, wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove the pollen particles that may have settled on their coat.

Stage a coverup

Windy days are a huge trigger for people with spring pollen allergies. As the wind kicks up, it blows the pollen from the plants into the air. The pollen count goes up significantly on windy days.

Try to protect yourself from breathing in the pollen-infused air by covering your mouth and nose with a scarf. Or you can use an allergy mask.

Timing can be everything

Pollen counts are highest in the morning and early afternoon. Avoid being outside during these times, especially when the wind is blowing.

Get help in the yard

Springtime is prime time to get your yard garden-ready, but if you have allergies, you may need to get some help with your gardening chores. Hire someone for lawn care if you can’t ask another member of your household.

Admire the blooms from afar

As tempting as it might be to bring a bit of spring into your home, leave the fresh flowers outside. Even if you know your triggers, and these blooms aren’t among them, airborne pollen can cling to these beautiful buds and wreak havoc with your allergies.

Clean living

Take care to keep your house as clean and dust-free as possible. Mop at least once per week, and vacuum frequently, every day if possible. Pollen settles on the ground and clings to shoes, so keep those floors clean.

A note about spring cleaning

Just as outdoor pollen can trigger your spring allergies, so can some cleaning agents. Use caution when deep-cleaning. Avoid the temptation to open your windows, and never, ever mix bleach-based products with ammonia-based products.

Just as with your yard work, find someone else to handle your cleaning chores if you can.

Where to get help

Although allergy triggers can distress you year-round, the most potent pollen emerges in the spring. These steps can help you to arm yourself against Mother Nature’s assault.

If you need more help, contact Portland’s allergy and asthma specialist, Rose City Urgent Care & Family Practice. We help you determine your strongest triggers, and offer you ways to cope, with a treatment plan tailored to your needs. With two offices in Portland one in Milwaukie, Oregon, we’re sure to be convenient for you.

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