Seasonal allergies affect a number of people as the weather changes. Though spring might be in the air, so are the many tree and grass pollens that cause seasonal allergies. This can be bad news if these tiny particles cause your asthma to flare up. But the change in seasons doesn’t mean that you have to hide until winter in order to avoid your allergies. You might not be able to avoid pollens completely, but try these tips to keep your spring allergies from keeping you inside.
Find Your Triggers
If you start coughing and wheezing at the first signs of spring, you may want to visit an allergist. He or she can determine what is causing your reaction and work with you to control your exposure. Your allergist may also prescribe medicine to help with your symptoms.
Plan outdoor activities on low-pollen days
For many allergy sufferers, pollen is the culprit. You may notice that your asthma is worse on days that are hot, dry, and windy. These days are more likely to have high pollen counts. Your symptoms may lessen when rain washes pollen out of the air.
Whenever possible, plan outdoor activities when there is less pollen in the air. You can check the local pollen count by logging on to www.aaaai.org/nab. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology updates the website daily in the spring.
Follow these tips when pollen counts are high:
- Close your windows to keep pollen from coming in.
- Use an air conditioner, rather than fans, to cool your house.
- Try to stay inside between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., when pollen counts are generally the highest.
- When doing activities like raking or mowing the lawn, activities that stir up a lot of pollen, consider wearing a mask to lower your exposure.
- Don’t hang clothes or sheets outside to dry on days that have a high pollen index.
- Shower and change your clothes after spending time outside. This will help remove any pollen that is on your clothing, hair, and skin.
Get Help if You Need It
Springtime can be difficult for many people with asthma caused by allergies, but you shouldn’t feel limited to indoor-only activities.
If you are still having trouble with your allergies, schedule an appointment to talk to your primary care physician. If your doctor thinks that your allergies are severe or if it is too difficult to avoid your triggers, he or she may recommend that you get allergy shots. The shots help build up your tolerance to the allergen so that your symptoms improve.
See an Allergist
To find a Crittenton doctor who can help you find relief from allergies, call (248) 652-5418 or Find a Doctor.