By Staff Writer An Ho
With spring season occuring, pollen is floating in the air as flowers and plants blossom. Seasonal allergies, which is also called hay fever and allergic rhinitis, is a very common allergy caused by pollen. The symptoms include runny nose, red-watery eyes, and frequent sneezing. To suppress these unpleasant feelings, here are some ways by Mayo Clinic to take care of hay fever in order to enjoy the season.
Closure to Exposure
Forecasts that indicate the weather to be dry and windy in the early morning have the most exposure of pollen in the outdoors. Try to limit going outside with this type of forecast and close doors and windows shut. Pollen is in the air in this type of weather, which can be caught in your hair and clothes. When the weather is damp or raining, pollen is clear from the air which lets the opportunity of going outside more. Exposure to fresh cut grass and gardening activities is recommended to be reduced.
Granted there is no miracle cure for pollen allergies, but there are ways to reduce the exposure of it and to treat it. Keeping your room dry using a dehumidifier can reduce pollen, along with vacuuming frequently. If sneezing becomes often, try to rinse the nose with warm water. Having a squeeze bottle or neti pot filled with water can rinse off the pollen caught in your nose. Not only can pollen hang inside the nose, but it can also cling on your hair and clothes. Avoid hanging clothes out outside to dry. Along with this, wash them numerous amounts along with your hair thoroughly to get rid of the excess pollen.
Medications for Salvation
Non-prescribed medication can be the next step to fight pollen allergies even further. A nasal spray can be effective before exposure to pollen. A decongestant medication like Claritin can help reduce the side effects of the allergy like an irritated nose. If these home remedies or medications are not that effective, it is advised to talk to a doctor if the allergy symptoms are severe.