Be greater than your allergies
SIX WAYS TO PREPARE FOR THE ALLERGY SEASON
Be greater than your allergies: Seasonal allergies have a way of creeping up on you, making you feel less than your usual, productive self. Taking a few steps prior to the onset of allergy season can help give you the upper hand in managing those early spring allergies once they hit.
1. CHECK YOUR MEDICINE CABINET
Be ready to start your allergy medication when symptoms begin. That way, you can limit their severity. Go through your medicine cabinet, check packaging and labels, and toss anything past its expiration date.
2. GET OUT YOUR SUNGLASSES AND A WIDE-BRIMMED HAT
Wearing a hat and sunglasses when you head outside will limit the amount of pollen that blows into your eyes.1 And they’ll protect you from harmful UV sunrays at the same time.
3. START WATCHING LOCAL POLLEN REPORTS
Keep on eye on local pollen counts, so you’ll know when allergy season kicks off in your area. Use the innovative Allergy Tracker from The Weather Channel,® brought to you in partnership with FLONASE,® to get a 3-day local forecast of key allergy triggers.
4. SPRING CLEAN YOUR GARDEN
Prepare your garden for spring before peak pollen season arrives. Clear away dead leaves or plants to limit mold growth. Once the weather is warm enough, plant away!
5. ADD MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES TO YOUR DIET
Fruits and vegetables are powerful sources of antioxidants,2 natural chemicals that can help you to fight the inflammation that comes with allergic reactions.3
6. STOCK UP ON GREEN TEA
Green tea contains natural antihistamines that can assist in your fight against allergies—and a steaming hot cup of tea soothes scratchy throats and loosens mucus at the same time.4
1. Yale. Allergy tips. http://yalehealth.yale.edu/allergy-tips. Accessed February 05, 2015.
2. American Chemical Society. Largest USDA study of food antioxidants reveals best sources.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/06/040617080908.htm. Accessed February 15, 2015.
3. Allan K, Kelly FJ, Devereux G. Antioxidants and allergic disease: a case of too little or too much? Clinical & Experimental Allergy. Volume 40, Issue 3, March 2010; 40(3):370-380.
4. Melgarejo, E, Medina MA, Sanchez-Jiminez F, Urdiales JL. Targeting of histamine producing cells by EGCG: a green dart against inflammation? Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry. 2010. 66(3): 265-270.