As spring enters full bloom, millions of people will begin sniffling and sneezing due to seasonal allergies. As many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in the U.S. suffer from seasonal allergies, or hay fever, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Seasonal allergies can affect the ability to concentrate at work or school and impact sleep and recreation. While there is no cure for allergies, there are many ways to manage symptoms. There are also measures you can take to help prevent a major flare-up. Here’s how to face seasonal allergies this spring:
Exposing yourself to known allergens
As the name suggests, seasonal allergies are typically triggered by environmental allergens. The biggest seasonal allergy trigger for most people is pollen from plants. In the spring, trees, grasses, and weeds release microscopic pollen grains that travel through the air to fertilize other plants. Many of these particles end up in our nasal passages, triggering an allergic reaction. One way to control symptoms of seasonal allergies is to limit your exposure to known allergens. Consider the following tips:
- Keep windows and doors shut, including car windows, during allergy season.
- Monitor pollen counts and avoid going outside when pollen levels are high.
- Take a shower, wash your hair, and change your clothing after you’ve been outdoors.
- Wear a mask when doing work outdoors, such as mowing the lawn.
- Change and clean the air filters in your home regularly.
In some instances, environmental control measures can be impractical or impossible. Fortunately, allergy medicine can be very effective at relieving symptoms. DayClear® Allergy Relief is an over-the-counter medicine that delivers quick relief for mild to severe allergy symptoms for up to 8 hours without any gluten, sugar, dyes, alcohol, or decongestants.