Seasonal Allergy Survival Guide

It’s spring time which means trees are blossoming, flowers are blooming, the sun is shining but that also means that allergies are everywhere. Allergies happen when your immune system is affected by a normal substance, which are also known as invaders. When this happens, it in turn causes your body to produce a protein known as IgE, which releases histamine; Histamine causes inflammation and itchiness. However, seasonal allergies are specific to plan pollen. There are three main types of pollen that people are frequently allergic to: tree pollen (maple, birch, adler), weed pollen (ragweed), grass pollen.

Here are a few tips to help you deal with seasonal allergies:

Reduce your exposure to triggers

Stay indoors in dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is after it has rained. If you are the one to tend to your yard, try assigning those chores out. If you must tend to the yard yourself, try wearing a pollen mask.

Wear sunglasses

Covering your eyes keeps pollen and other irritants from this sensitive area.

Drink water

Even mild dehydration can activate histamine production, so staying hydrated can dampen allergy symptoms.

Monitor daily pollen counts

You can go to the Weather Network, click the Forecasts and Reports menu, and choose Pollen. This will bring up the pollen counts for your area, and shows you the 3-day outlook. This helps people plan so if they have to be outside they can take the proper precautions.

Wash your linens

Opening your windows and doors, allows particles to enter your home and settle onto your linens. Make sure you wash all linens to remove any allergens that may have embedded themselves.

Close your windows

This seems simple enough, but with nice weather people want to open their windows and let the fresh air in. However, when you are letting that fresh air in, you are also allowing allergen particles to enter your home.

Change up your shower schedule

Some people take showers in the morning so they don’t have to take one at night. However, after being outside throughout the day, it allows allergen particles to get on your hair and skin. This can cause problems once you have returned home. Try showering once you have decided to come in for the day.


Probiotics are clinically confirmed to reduce the sternness of seasonal allergy symptoms. Probiotics can be found in foods like kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, kefir and yogurt. If you’d rather have supplements, you can ask your doctor about it.

HEPA Filter

HEPA filter works by forcing air through a mesh that then traps particles such as pollen, dander, dust, etc.

Nasal Strips at bedtime

Nasal strips open up the nasal passages and allow for easier breathing.

If you ever have any questions don’t forget to contact your Allergist who can help manage your seasonal allergy symptoms.
Allergy & Asthma Consultants – (404) 255-9286

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