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Does the arrival of spring make you sniffle and sneeze? The tips in this video can help.

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After a long winter, nothing feels better than spending time outdoors during spring. Unless you have seasonal allergies. Even though it’s beautiful outside, all of the flowering buds and blooming trees can make you dread being outdoors if you are one of the millions of people who suffer from sniffling, sneezing, watery eyes and other allergy symptoms. But who wants to stay indoors at this time of year?

“Springtime allergens are very hard to avoid unless you never go outdoors.  Many patients will require medications to block allergy symptoms. Some medications can be used as needed for temporary relief, whereas people with more severe allergies require daily suppressive medications.  Medications can work well but must continue to be used if symptoms are to be controlled.  People with long term or severe allergies have the option of allergy injections if they do not respond well to medications or do not wish to take long term medications.”

-Joseph N. Redhead, Jr., MD, Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Aside from taking allergy medication to treat your symptoms, here are 5 tips to help you survive the spring allergy season:

  • Stay indoors with your windows closed when the pollen count is high. You can track the pollen count through the news media, the National Allergy Bureau (www.aaaai.org) and weather sites such as www.weather.com.
  • Wear sunglasses and a hat to keep pollen and other allergy triggers out of your eyes and hair.
  • Change your clothes when you come in after being outside.
  • Shower and wash your hair before going to bed to keep sheets and pillows free from allergens.
  • Use a HEPA filter with your central heating and air conditioning system to help remove pollen and other allergens from indoor air.

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Date Last Reviewed: January 9, 2019

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