10 steps to make summer allergies more bearable

Spending time outside during the summer with severe allergies can be challenging, but with some planning and precautions, you can still enjoy the outdoors. Here are some steps you can take:

1. Know Your Triggers:

Identify the specific allergens that affect you. Common summer allergens include pollen (from grass, trees, and weeds), mold spores, and insect stings.

2. Monitor Pollen Counts:

Check daily pollen counts in your area using weather websites, apps, or local news. Plan outdoor activities for days when pollen counts are lower.

3. Timing is Key:

Pollen levels are usually highest in the early morning and late afternoon. Try to schedule outdoor activities for late morning or evening when pollen levels are lower.

4. Medication:

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Take your allergy medication as prescribed. This may include antihistamines, nasal sprays, or eye drops. Start taking them a few days before you plan to spend time outside.

5. Protective Gear:

Wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to keep pollen out of your eyes and hair.

6. Shower and Change Clothes:

After spending time outside or doing yard work, shower and change your clothes to remove pollen and other allergens from your skin and hair.

7. Keep Windows Closed:

Keep windows and doors closed to prevent pollen from entering your home or car. Use air conditioning to cool your home and car instead of opening windows.

8. Limit Exposure on High Pollen Days:

On days with particularly high pollen counts, try to stay indoors as much as possible. If you need to go outside, limit the time you spend outdoors.

9. Create a Pollen-Free Zone:

If you enjoy sitting outside, consider creating a space with minimal exposure to allergens. This could include a screened-in porch or a patio with an awning.

    10. Consult an Allergist:

    If your allergies are severe, make an appointment with us today! We can provide personalized advice, prescribe stronger medications, or suggest allergy shots (immunotherapy).

      By following these steps, you can manage your allergies effectively and enjoy your time outside during the summer.

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