By March, most people are ready for warmer weather, longer days and fresh flowers. However, with spring comes those pesky seasonal allergies that bring on itchy eyes, runny noses and scratchy throats. So what causes those seasonal allergies and what can you do to avoid them?
Pollen, the greenish-yellow dust you will find covering your car, is the most common culprit of springtime allergies. While pollen is necessary to help trees, grasses and flowers reproduce, it’s also the reason your allergies flair up from spring to fall. The other contender when it comes to spring allergies is mold. These mold spores float in the air similar to pollen. While some mold flourishes in dry, windy weather, other mold peaks in dampness and high humidity. During the winter, mold often becomes dormant.
If you suffer from spring allergies, there are a few things you can do to minimize exposure and symptoms:
- Plan your time outside on days when it’s cooler and less windy. After a good rain is the ideal time to go outdoors.
- Try to stay indoors during the morning when pollen counts are highest.
- Hire someone to mow your lawn. If you must mow your own lawn, invest in a mask and protective glasses.
- Wash clothes and take a shower after you’ve spent time outdoors to remove pollen and mold.
- Remove shoes before coming indoors. If you must wear your shoes inside, be sure to wipe them off on the door mat.
- Keep windows and doors closed and run the air conditioning so pollen and mold can’t get indoors.
- Regularly change air filters in your home. It is suggested filters are changed every month or so. Also, clean air ducts yearly.
If you are suffering from seasonal allergies, consider discussing a treatment plan with a trained medical professional at Denton Regional Urgent Care Center. We offer convenient hours and online check-in is available to provide you a quick and easy experience.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.