Optimizing Spring Wellness: Managing Seasonal Allergies

Optimizing Spring Wellness: Managing Seasonal Allergies

| April 11, 2024

Spring's beauty can be a double-edged sword for allergy sufferers. The CDC reports that 25.7% of adults experience seasonal allergies, making them sneeze their way through blooming flowers and freshly cut grass. Add to that mold growth indoors and outdoors, and escaping triggers feels nearly impossible.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America identifies distinct pollen seasons: tree pollen peaks from February to May, followed by grasses (April to June) and weeds (July to November).

Fortunately, by adopting a proactive approach, you can manage your symptoms and enjoy the beauty of spring. Here are a few key strategies:

  • Monitor Local Pollen Counts: Track local allergen counts (pollen and mold) to identify high-risk periods and limit outdoor exposure then.
  • Wash Off the Pollen after Exposure: After spending time outdoors, take a shower to wash off pollen clinging to your hair, skin, and clothes.
  • Wash Bedding Often: Launder your bedding weekly in hot water to keep pollen at bay.
  • Clean Floors: Regularly clean floors with a HEPA filter vacuum to trap allergens.
  • Change Filters Regularly: Change your air conditioner and heating system's HEPA filters regularly to maintain clean indoor air.

For many people, avoiding allergens and using over-the-counter medications are enough to ease their allergy symptoms. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms persist.