Spring and Pollen

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Ahh, finally spring is in the air!  However, for those of you who suffer from allergies, spring can be more of a nightmare than anything.  This year, the pollen count seems especially high, and everything outdoors is covered in a greenish yellow film.  We understand your pain so below are the top 5 tips to help you suffer a little less this season.

  1. Change your air filters frequently. By keeping up with the air quality, you can help reduce some of the pollen from making its way throughout your home.
  2. When pollen counts are extraordinarily high, try your best to stay indoors. Although this may not be completely avoidable or realistic, by spending less time in the elements your exposure to the allergen goes down and hopefully so won’t your symptoms.  And besides it’s only temporary.
  3. If you have pets, wipe them down before they come back indoors. By simply wiping your pet down with a damp towel, you can remove the majority of pollen that they otherwise would be tracking through your home.  These are things you may not typically think about but can make a tremendous difference.
  4. Make sure you wash your hands before touching your face. This may be a difficult habit for some but worth it in the end.  For example, just by opening your car door you can pick up pollen on your hands. Once the pollen is on your hands and you touch your face, your allergy symptoms could go from moderate to extreme in a matter of seconds.
  5. Wash your hair before you hit the pillow.  Even though this tip can be a nuisance for those who love their early morning showers, washing your hair before bed can make a world of difference.  By doing this, you are removing any pollen that could have fallen into your hair throughout the course of the day.  Now when you go to sleep with a clean head of hair, you are not risking the remaining pollen to be transferred onto your pillow case and ultimately back onto your face. This tip may sound silly, but it really works!

Although there is nothing we can do to eliminate the threat pollen during this season, by incorporating these tips into your daily routine you can help reduce your symptoms dramatically.  Also, check out this link, it  will keep you up to date on the local pollen count this year.   And as always see your doctor if your allergies are not under control, and we will be happy to customize the perfect prescription for you to aid in helping you endure the spring this year!