April showers can bring … spring allergies. All the April rain can make for blooming flowers, but as beautiful as they are, flowers and their pollen means discomfort for people with spring allergies. In some areas of the country, grass pollen emerges in April, too. Between the pollen from the flowers and the pollen from the grass, spring allergies may make you feel especially miserable. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), pollen season can begin as early as February and last through October, although weather patterns and your location can alter the start and end dates. If you're already dreading the return of sneezing, sniffles, stuffiness, and itchy, watery or dry eyes, take steps to keep allergy symptoms from activating your immune system.
Try these tips:
- Change clothes once you get home. Pollen sticks to fabric, and you could end up spreading pollen spores throughout your home. (Avoid hanging clothes outside to dry for the same reason.)
- When spring cleaning, focus on areas in your home where allergens tend to accumulate: air filters, bedding, upholstered furniture, and carpeting.
- Vacuum often: floors, furniture, rugs and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- Shower before bed. Transferring allergens from your hair or face to your pillow can make matters worse.
- Change the filters on your air conditioning unit frequently and use a high efficiency grade filter.
- Read about natural allergy relief from Wellness Mama.