This article was published on April 27th, 2016
As the weather finally starts to warm up, it’s time to head outdoors and enjoy the beautiful, warm sunshine. Spring is in high gear and for people who have been waiting to get off the treadmill and out of the gym to enjoy the fresh air, enjoy nature, and enjoy some fantastic events. However; not everyone gets as excited about this time of year.
For people who suffer from allergies, this time of year can be brutal. Sniffling, sneezing, and rubbing eyes are just a few of the signs that allergens are back. The National Center for Biotechnology Information reports about 40 million people who live in the United States have some type of allergy. Seasonal allergens top the list as the most common. But having allergies doesn’t mean you have to stay trapped inside.
Seasonal sniffles shouldn’t slow you down. Dr. Josh Sandell of Orthology, offers these three tips to help you get through allergy season without slowing you down:
Each day the pollen count changes. It can even change throughout the day. Monitor the weather reports and get outside when the counts are low. Later in the afternoon or evening is the best time to get outside.
Check the weather
Weather can also have an impact. Dry, warm and windy days bring with them higher pollen counts than cool, damp days. There are plenty of websites and apps that can provide you with information about pollen counts so you can monitor the best times to head outdoors or when to consider staying inside.
As we mentioned in a previous post, spring cleaning is not only cathartic, but it can actually help relieve your suffering from allergies as windows, blinds, and items in old storage could be harboring dust and mold which can cause your allergies to act up. Doing a thorough spring cleaning by vacuuming carpet and washing down surfaces can get rid of potential irritants and give you a great workout in the process!