Springtime means the end to bulky jackets, blustery winds, snow and ice, but it also means the start of another season – allergy season.
The biggest allergy trigger in the springtime is pollen. Trees, grasses and weeds release tiny grains into the air to fertilize other plants, but they also cause itchy, watery eyes, sore throat and sneezing for those who are allergic.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies.
You can’t prevent allergies, but you can get relief from your symptoms. Heritage Woods of Yorkville offers these three tips to help combat allergies this season.
1. Check the daily pollen count.
Most weather forecasting services offer a daily pollen count, and when levels are high, try and stay inside. Keep your windows closed – not only in your home, but in your car as well. This will help minimize your exposure to pollen.
If you are outside, consider changing your clothes when you come inside and take a shower before bed. Wiping down your pets after they come inside can also reduce your exposure to pollen.
2. Keep your sinuses clear.
Nasal rinses such as Neti Pots can clear pollen out of your nose before your symptoms begin.
If you are experiencing mild symptoms, use a nasal antihistamine to relieve congestion, sneezing and runny nose. The AARP also recommends a steroid nasal spray for more moderate symptoms to reduce the swelling in your nasal passages.
3. Defend your home.
Regular vacuuming can help eliminate allergy triggers such as pet dander and dust. Replacing your furnace filter and lowering your home’s humidity to below 50 percent can also help alleviate your allergy symptoms.
Air conditioning units have filters that can also reduce your exposure to springtime allergies.
Heritage Woods of Yorkville, an Assisted Lifestyle Community for the Older Adult
242 Greenbriar Road, Yorkville, IL 60560, 630-882-6502 www.gardant.com/heritagewoodsyorkville