Finally – Spring is in the air! But you know what else is in the air? Pollen, dust and all kinds of other things that make you sneeze. If you suffer from springtime allergies, you’ll recognise the symptoms of hay fever all too well. And while there is no absolute cure for hay fever, we can give you some tips to help you cope and survive spring with a little less frustration.
Common springtime allergy symptoms
During spring, when nature is bursting with new life, flowers and grasses release pollen and seeds that float through the air. At the same time, many animals also shed their winter coats. All of these allergens are microscopic so you rarely actually see them, but they get into your clothes, hair and nose and cause irritation for some people. If you have springtime allergies, you will notice these symptoms:
- Frequent sneezing
- Runny or congested nose
- Headaches that radiate from your sinuses
- Itchy throat and eyes
- Mucus in the back of your throat
Coping with hay fever
You can minimise your springtime allergies by doing the following:
Spring clean your space – The best way to avoid allergens is to get your home squeaky clean, so get spring cleaning!
Don’t bring the outdoors in – Pollen and dust attach to your clothes. If you’ve been spending time outside, change your clothes to avoid spreading allergens around your house.
Avoid fresh flowers during spring – A vase of spring blooms may look pretty on your table, but the pollen really isn’t worth it. Opt for fake flowers instead!
Keep windows and doors closed – Especially in the morning and evening. If you need to let some fresh air in, open up in the middle of the day when there is less pollen in the air.
Bath or shower at night – During the day, allergens attach to your skin and hair, so remove them by bathing before you go to bed for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Use a de-humidifier – Allergens thrive in humid air, so use a de-humidifier to dry out the air in your room.
Try medication – There are medications that help to relieve the symptoms of hay fever. Use an antihistamine or nasal decongestant. If your symptoms are really bad, you can ask your doctor to prescribe a corticosteroid nasal spray.
Most allergy symptoms are annoying rather than life-threatening, but if you experience anything severe such as shortness of breath, be sure to see a doctor. Your health is important!