While Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year in the Midwest, it can be downright dreadful for those who suffer from pollen allergies. Missouri’s high pollen counts are due to increased humidity from the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Pollen comes from mold, trees, weeds, grass, and flowers. Those who experience allergies are dealing with a reaction to pollen, with some reactions being more severe than others. Just like nature, allergies can be unpredictable and pop up at anytime since we don’t just see pollen allergy sufferers in the Spring alone. Though allergies are frustrating, there are ways to lessen the symptoms.
1. Wash Your Hands and Shower Often
The quicker you are able to wash off pollen from your body and remove clothes that have been exposed to pollen, the better. The longer pollen sits on your skin the more likely you are to experience worsened allergies. It’s a good idea to do laundry more often so pollen isn’t sitting around in your home.
2. Use Allergy Filters
Look into using special allergy filters in your air conditioning unit to filter out unwanted pollen in your home. Having clean, filtered air will make a world of difference during allergy season. It’s also a good idea to close windows and use air conditioning during high pollen seasons, at least until pollen count goes down.
3. Stay Inside When Possible
While it isn’t very much fun to stay indoors while weather is nice, your body will thank you! It’s a good idea to stay inside until pollen count decreases if you are more susceptible to spring allergies. You can check the local pollen counts for your area and see which days you may need to stay inside more compared to others. To find today’s pollen count visit St. Louis County Missouri’s Pollen and Mold Center Online.
4. Going Out in the Evening is Better
If you are a lover of the outdoors and want to get outside more often, do so during the evening. Pollen counts tend to be higher in the morning than in the evening, so if you want to go enjoy the beauty of spring do it later in the day rather than earlier.
5. Use Over-the-Counter Medications
There are plenty of over-the-counter medications to use to help relieve allergy symptoms including Zyrtec, Claritin, and Allegra. These will help with most symptoms of allergies like itching, sneezing, and a runny nose. There are also allergy eye drops to help with itchy, watery eyes.
If these tips and over-the-counter medications aren’t helping, and you are experiencing severe symptoms, visit your local Our Urgent Care. You may have something other than allergies, need a prescription, or need to be referred to a specialist. While allergies are never fun, we are here to help clear them up so you can enjoy the beautiful spring weather!