Oh, these beautiful warm spring days. Beautiful fruit and ornamental trees and flowers are bursting into bloom filling the air with fragrance and…ACHOO…pollen. For those of us who suffer seasonal allergies, spring can mean sneezing, congestion, and a runny nose.
Our friends at the Mayo Clinic have some suggestions to ease the misery for allergy sufferers.
The best time to be outdoors is right after a rain. The rain clears the air of pollen. Warm dry days can really aggravate those symptoms.
As much as you may enjoy and look forward to mowing the yard and working in the garden, those tasks should be delegated to someone else to avoid allergy irritants. Consider wearing a pollen mask if you have no choice about mowing and weed pulling.
Your local weather forecasts also include pollen measurements to help you plan your outdoor activities, and particularly the days to remain in an air-conditioned environment. The hot muggy days of summer often result in smog and air quality reports – another factor to consider when taking steps to avoid allergic irritants.
As with many physical ailments, the misery and discomfort resulting from allergic reactions can contribute to higher stress levels. Do not despair. Managing your allergies utilizing the suggestions above, in addition to the many ways you can alleviate allergic reactions by reducing your exposure are positive steps you can take to improve your overall health and reduce the stress that results from feeling poorly.
Dr. Schumacher and his medical team can provide you with the evaluation and care you need to identify your allergies and recommend treatment tailored for your relief. Give us a call today for an appointment. We are here for you, not the other way around.