An early taste of spring this year was unwelcome news to those that suffer from seasonal allergies as pollen counts increased earlier and impacts may be felt for a longer period this season. The warmer winter could alter the timing of the peak of allergy season, triggering symptoms for allergy sufferers sooner than normal. According to meteorologists, the warm air that arrived in late February provided early growing opportunities for plants, which is causing the pollen season to be about 10-20 days ahead of normal in some areas.
Tree pollen peaks in the spring and, along with grass pollen in the summer and weed pollen in the fall, is one of the main types of allergens. Allergens tend to flourish on hot and breezy days, while damp and rainy weather tends to clear the pollen from the air.
Here are some tips to help keep allergies at bay this spring:
- Shower at NIGHT: This may help you get a better night’s sleep after washing all of the pollen away from your skin and hair. It prevents you from getting pollen on your bedsheets and pillows. When you wash your bed sheets, make sure you wash them in hot water.
- Avoid being outside in the morning: Pollen counts are higher between 5 am and 10 am.
- Keep indoor air clean: Close house and car windows when pollen counts are high. Use air conditioning in the car and at home to filter the pollen out of the air.
- Dress appropriately: Wearing a wide-brim hat and sunglasses can keep pollen out of eyes. While limiting outdoor exposure is best, you may need to wear a mask if being outside is unavoidable and symptoms are severe.
If you have always been an allergy sufferer there’s no way to completely avoid it, but taking some precaution just might make you feel a little better!