5 Tips for Fighting Your Pollen Allergy

Learn how to feel better during allergy season.

Pollen allergies can make life miserable in the spring and early summer as trees and grass bloom all over. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16.9 million Americans experienced hay fever from allergies in the past year. This beautiful time shouldn’t have to be one of discomfort and illness. Learn how you can fight your pollen allergy and live better this season.

1. Don’t bring the pollen inside.
When you return from any time spent outdoors, fight the invasion of pollen. Change your shoes and leave the grassy ones covered or in your garage. Change your clothes and wash your hands and face. If you’re home for the night, take a shower and wash your hair so you don’t bring pollen into your room.

2. Keep your windows closed.
Even though the temperature outside feels really nice, you should avoid leaving your windows open during pollen season. No amount of air filtration will take the place of leaving your windows safely shut.

3. Use an air purifier.
Keep the air in your home clean by using air purifiers. While you have your windows shut, it’s important to filter and treat the air that could be obtaining allergens and chemicals from your pets, household cleaners, fragrances and more. If you have to choose one area to treat, treat your bedroom.

4. Take preventative medication.
Talk to your doctor about the types of medication you should be taking during allergy season. He or she may change your regimen during this high pollen time of year. Some individuals have success with a nasal spray, antihistamine or steroid inhaler depending on the type and severity of symptoms.

5. Start immunotherapy.
If your pollen allergies are numerous and severe, you may want to consider immunotherapy. Also known as allergy shots, this is a therapy that helps to alleviate your allergy over time. According to Medline Plus, allergy shots can help make you less sensitive to pollen and provide long-term relief.

Learn more about hay fever and allergens from Oak Hill Hospital's online health library. If you have any questions about treating your allergies or if you would like a physician referral, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5120.

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