How to survive allergy season

 By: Raquel Alfaro, Columnist

Spring has arrived and for some students that means dealing with itchy eyes, sneezing, and other allergy symptoms, making it difficult to enjoy the weather. Here are a few tips to help resolve the pain of having allergies:

Avoid Early Outdoors Activities

Pollen tends to be released from plants early in the morning, so it is best to schedule anything outdoors after 10 a.m. It can be helpful to check your weather application for what the pollen count will be. If the pollen count is high, taking allergy medicine before symptoms can be useful at the start of the day. For dry, windy days, stay indoors, weather like this is horrible news for anyone with allergies.

Block out The Pollen

Wearing glasses or sunglasses can help block out pollen and keep it away from your eyes. While driving, using the air conditioning will help with filtering out dust. Most importantly, wash the clothes that have been outside and don’t dry your laundry outside or pollen will stick to it.

Changing into fresh, clean clothes will leave you with fewer symptoms!

  Reducing Pollen Indoors

Pollen belongs outside, not in the place you’re living!

Close any windows or doors, especially at night, when pollen settles in. Turn on the air conditioning or fans in the house to keep out dander, dust, and pollen. Cleaning your room frequently, or even throughout the week, will help keep the house fresh and pollen free. This will help keep your allergies under control.

 Washing Your Face

When you get home, washing your face with any cleansers will remove any pollen from your face or stuck on makeup foundation. Taking a shower or bath is just as effective because you’re scrubbing off any leftover pollen and you’ll feel and smell better.

Get Allergy Medications

Over-the-counter medicine can reduce symptoms. Zyrtec is an antihistamine product, so it can help against sneezing, a runny nose, watery eyes, and other symptoms. Ask your pharmacist about different antihistamine products, which won’t cause drowsiness.

Decongestants offer relief from a stuffy-nose and are available in pills or nasal sprays. These are available in pharmacies and grocery stores. Talk to your pharmacist and tell them your symptoms so they can help with choosing an allergy medication.

Spring is perfect for hiking, day-drinking, picnics, and other outdoor activities, so don’t let allergies get the best of you. With these helpful tips, you’ll be able to enjoy what spring has to offer, without the awful symptoms.

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