Allergy Season: Do's and Don't for Seasonal Allergies
Spring is in the air, and so are billions of tiny pollens that trigger allergy symptoms in millions of people. This condition is called seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly referred to as hay fever. Hay fever can affect your quality of life; often leading to sinus infections, disrupting your sleep and affecting your ability to learn at school or perform at work.
Throughout allergy season, you can try to reduce your risk of an allergic reaction or minimize your symptoms by following these do’s and don’ts:
- Do: Keep windows closed at night to prevent pollens or molds from drifting into your home. Instead, if needed, use air conditioning, which cleans, cools, and dries the air.
- Do: Keep car windows closed when traveling.
- Do: Try to stay indoors when the pollen count or humidity is reported to be high, and on windy days when dust and pollen are blown about.
- Do: Take medications prescribed by your allergist regularly in the recommended dosage.
- Don’t: Take more medication than recommended in an attempt to lessen your symptoms.
- Don’t: Mow lawns or be around freshly cut grass; mowing stirs up pollens and molds.
- Don’t: Hang sheets or clothing out to dry. Pollens and molds may collect on these items.
- Don’t: Overwater indoor plants if you are allergic to mold. Wet soil encourages mold growth.
About Our Expert
Dr. Jose Bardelas is a board-certified allergy and immunology specialist with the Allergy and Asthma Centers of NC.