Spring is officially here, and in Austin, that means so is allergy season. If you have allergies or asthma, Spring can be a uniquely challenging time of year. This season is known for big temperature and humidity changes and high tree pollen counts – all of which can contribute to allergies and asthma.
We’ve put together a few simple tips that can help you avoid symptoms while still enjoying the great outdoors:
✓ Keep windows in your home and car closed as much as possible to prevent pollen from getting in.
✓ Enjoy the outdoors on rainy, cloudy, and windless days. Pollen is minimized when these weather conditions exist.
✓ Remove clothes that have been worn outside, and shower to remove pollen from skin and hair.
✓ The best time to be outdoors are when pollen levels are lowest. Peak pollination occurs for a few hours after sunrise and during the hours after sunset.
✓ Wear a wide brim hat and sunglasses to reduce the amount of pollen that blows in your eyes.
✓ Wear a mask and avoid touching your eyes when gardening.
✓ Start taking allergy medications before you have symptoms; this blocks the histamine before it has an effect on you. Continue to consistently use these medications throughout the season.
From the Doc – AEC’s Top Tip:
It’s important to take allergy and asthma symptoms seriously. You may brush off your nasal congestion or lingering headache as “just allergies,” but allergy symptoms can take a big toll on your well-being. If you feel totally lousy, give your body a rest. Go to bed early, take a sick day. Overdoing it and running around when you feel awful will only make you feel worse.