For most people, spring is eagerly anticipated, but for those with spring allergies, the end of winter is dreaded. It doesn't have to be that way though. There are numerous ways that you can prepare for spring so that no matter the pollen count, instead of viewing spring fever as a curse, you'll be looking forward to warm weather and sunshine.
Know What to Expect: One of the reasons why spring is such a trigger for people with allergies, is that it is when trees, grasses and flowers all release pollen into the air. Pollen count is highest on breezy days, while it is less prevalent on rainy ones. Invest in a good set of rain gear and enjoy being outside during spring showers.
Eat Well: The toll that allergies take on your body is related to inflammation. There are foods that can aggravate inflammation, and others that can combat it. Give your body a helping hand by choosing foods high in antioxidants and omega-3s, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and green tea.
Get in Shape: When the weather warms up and winter coats and bulky sweaters go back into storage, a lot of people want to lose excess weight in order to look great in spring styles, but here's another reason to keep you motivated if you suffer from asthma or spring allergies: extra fat around your abdomen prevents your lungs from expanding to full capacity and doesn't let your diaphragm move down as effectively. It's keeping you from taking full breaths.
Change Your Filters: Be sure to change heating and A/C filters each month and be sure to check the ratings. The MERV rating system tells you how effectively the filter removes particles and mold from the air. You're looking for a MERV rating of 8 to 12.
Use Supplements with Regular Meds: Antihistamines and decongestants are the two types of drugs that are most commonly used to fight the common symptoms of allergies. These are available in prescription and OTC forms. It's always a great idea to see a doctor before beginning any treatment, whether or not it needs a prescription. Also, investigate supplements to aid whatever treatment you choose. Some vitamins, minerals and supplements that have been helpful for allergy sufferers include Vitamins C, E and all the Bs, minerals selenium and magnesium, as well as Echinacea and chamomile and peppermint teas.
Run the A/C: As wonderful as a spring breeze through an open window feels, it's also carrying in pollen and dust in the air. When it gets warm out, choose to turn the A/C on instead of keeping the windows open.
Sources: 17 Tricks to Prevent Spring Allergies, Your Month-by-Month Guide to Allergies, and WebMD Spring Allergies
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