Hopefully by now most of us have adjusted to the spring forward time change. But adjusting to the seasonal allergies that spring can bring is a bit more difficult. Not to worry, we've got eight simple tips on how to spring forward and fight back seasonal allergies.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports that nearly 40 million Americans suffer from hay fever, or better known as seasonal allergies, every year. With everything from weeds to mold spores to grass and tree pollens floating through the air, airborne allergen levels are shooting through the roof; and that means your allergy symptoms (the sniffling, sneezing, and itchy eyes) are on high alert, and are apt to stay that way for months.
How to Spring Forward and Fight Back Seasonal Allergies, what can you do?
Knowledge is power. Know your top seasonal allergy triggers, like pollen and mold. Pollen is the greenish-yellow dust coating your car, and comes from trees, grasses, and flowers; while mold is a natural decomposer, its spores float in the air just like pollen and can cause allergic reactions too.
Some mold colonies peak in dry windy weather while others flourish in dampness
and high humidity; but unlike pollen, mold spores do not die with the
first killing frost. And
according to Neil Kao, MD, an internal medicine physician specializing
in allergy and immunology, "The allergy skin test is the quickest, most inexpensive, and most
accurate way to find out what you are allergic to, whether it's mold,
grass pollen, or a type of weed."
While you can't avoid allergies altogether, you may be able to welcome spring with a smile instead of with a sneeze, by taking a few simple steps.
How to Spring Forward and Fight Back Seasonal Allergies, Three tips for outdoor seasonal allergy relief:
A lot of allergy sufferers seek refuge indoors, but unfortunately, there are plenty of triggers in your home as well as outside.
How to Spring Forward and Fight Back Seasonal Allergies. Five tips for indoor seasonal allergy relief:
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