Spring is full of rain, flowers, and sunny afternoons. If you live with spring allergies, you might also live with symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes, and a runny nose. These symptoms can make spring seem like a much less beautiful time of year. The following tips can help you reduce the symptoms of spring allergies so you can focus on the more uplifting aspects of the season.

Minimize Outdoor Allergen Exposure

Since spring allergies are often triggered by pollen, reducing allergen exposure can help reduce your symptoms. You might consider saving neighborhood walks for after it rains or inviting someone else to complete allergen-intensive gardening chores, such as mowing the lawn or weeding the flower bed. When you do go out, shower when you come back inside to remove triggering pollen from your skin and hair. Dry freshly-washed clothing in the dryer, not on outside laundry lines where they can become pollen magnets.

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Reduce Indoor Allergens

Even if you never open your windows, pollen is common in your neighborhood and can easily hitch a ride into your home on clothing or breeze past you through the front door. High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters can help trap harmful allergens. Use a HEPA filter-equipped vacuum and consider placing a portable HEPA filter in your bedroom. You can also run your air conditioner in your home and car since most air conditioners contain HEPA filters to give you similar benefits.

Home Care and Over-the-Counter Medications

If symptoms persist, you can try several home and/or over-the-counter remedies. Flushing your nasal passages with saltwater can rinse pollen and mucus away. Gently use a neti pot or irrigation bulb according to the manufacturer’s directions for optimal results. Over-the-counter medications can help relieve specific symptoms. Take an anti-histamine for relief from symptoms such as itchy eyes and a runny nose, and decongestants can help you breathe easier by reducing nasal congestion.

Consult Your Doctor

Although there are various remedies available, you should consult your primary care provider for spring allergy advice. They will be familiar with this year’s allergy forecast and can recommend treatment to get ahead of the local allergy season. Following these lifestyle, housekeeping, and personal care recommendations can boost the effectiveness of any medication your medical professional may prescribe.

By following this simple tips, you should get some relief from spring allergies.