Doctors Say This is the Worst Allergy Season in Years. Here’s How to Get Some Relief

posted: 05/02/17
by: Amanda Mushro
Spring Fever

If you have itchy, watery eyes, have daily sneezing fits, and feel like you need to buy stock in tissues, you are probably thinking this is the worst allergy season in years, and doctors are agreeing with you. For many people, their seasonal allergies are much more severe this year, and even people who usually make it out of allergy season with barely a cough, are feeling the effects. The CDC says that an estimated 26 million Americans struggle with seasonal allergies every year and tree and grass pollen is estimated to get even worse over the next few weeks.

So what can we do besides just hide inside and wait out allergy season? There are a number of medications that can help relieve your symptoms but there are also a number of ways you can protect yourself from allergy season and get relief.

  • Wearing sunglasses isn't just fashionable, but can also help keep pollen out of your eyes.
  • Even though it can be refreshing to open the doors and windows on a beautiful spring day, don't do it! Doctors say you should have your air conditioning running and go ahead and splurge on the allergy filter for your ac unit.
  • Even if you are exhausted, before bead you should always wash your face and hair with a gentle soap. This keeps pollen off of your pillow so you won't spend the night breathing in any pollen that you picked up while outside.
  • Take your shoes off at the door. Even if your shoes seem clean, you are tracking in dirt and pollen into your home that will agitate your seasonal allergies
  • Run the vacuum more often. This helps to clean out the pollen that was tracked into your home.
  • Wash your clothes more frequently. Sure that shirt doesn't smell and maybe you could wear it again, but during Allery season, toss it in the wash before wearing again.
  • Start your medications at the right time. If your doctor has prescribed medication for allergy relief, make sure you know when to start taking everything. If you start too late in the allergy season, the medicine might not be effective.