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How to Treat Pollen Allergies in the Summer

Pollen is the main trigger of allergies in the summer. Pollen allergies can cause sneezing, nasal congestion, coughing and itchiness in the nose, eyes and throat.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, about 35 million Americans suffer from pollen allergy, commonly known as hay fever.

Follow these tips to prevent or treat this type of allergies.

Allergy prevention

  • Limit your outdoor activities in the mornings, a time when pollen levels are at their highest.
  • Take a shower and change clothes at home if you were outdoors. This will help clear out any pollen left on your hair, body and clothing.
  • Avoid hanging your clothes to dry outdoors.
  • Keep your home and car windows closed on sunny, windy days. If possible, use air conditioning.
  • Avoid mowing the lawn or sweeping the deck or patio too often.

Allergy medicine

Certain medicines may help alleviate symptoms of allergies or allergic rhinitis. Talk to your doctor about the right allergy medications for you. 

Some common allergy medications include:

  • Nasal and oral decongestants
  • Antihistamines in pill, syrup, or drop form
  • Nasal sprays, with or without corticosteroid

Allergy tests

If your symptoms are too difficult to manage with medication, your doctor can perform a skin allergy test to get a more accurate diagnosis. Based on the results, the doctor will prescribe the proper course of treatment.

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Winter Cold – or Spring Allergies?

The warmer than average temperatures this winter have led trees to release their pollen into the air earlier than usual. That’s great if you’re a lonely tree, but not so great if you’re a person who suffers from seasonal plant allergies, also known as hay fever.

Feel like you’re coming down with a cold or flu? It might be allergies if -

  • Your symptoms kicked in fast. (Colds take days.)
  • Symptoms last longer than a week
  • You don’t have fever or aches.
  • Your nose is running and it’s clear.

You can help alleviate allergy symptoms by avoiding the outdoors during times when pollen counts are highest, usually early and late in the day. Following pollen counts in the news can help you predict high levels, too.

You can also help prevent allergy symptoms by:

  • Keeping windows closed in your house and car and running the air conditioner
  • Avoiding mowing grass and doing other yard work. If you have to do yard work, wear a mask that filters pollen.
  • Trying certain over-the-counter medication. Be extra careful when giving allergy medication to children.

Learn more about dealing with hay fever.