Now that the nights are warmer and the days are getting longer, everyone wants to spend time outside and enjoy as much natural vitamin D as possible — but what if you have seasonal allergies? Does that mean staring forlornly out your window as everyone else has fun?
No way! Just because you suffer from allergies doesn’t mean you need to spend all your time inside this Spring and Summer! Enjoy the outdoors even if you suffer from seasonal allergies by taking these precautions and tips into consideration before heading out for an adventure.
Ways For allergy Sufferers to Enjoy the Outdoors This Spring
Find out what your allergies are.
Weeds, and trees, and grasses, oh my! While you may know that you have an allergy to one or multiple of these common triggers, do you know which kind exactly? There’s ragweed versus sagebrush; oak, cedar, and pine trees; and don’t even get us started on all the grasses that include tall, rye, orchard, and Bermuda. It’s important to make an appointment with an allergist so they can test you and inform you exactly what type of allergies you have.
Having an allergy attack when you’re outside and unprepared isn’t fun. Remember to take Flonase, which contains the most prescribed nasal steroid1, as soon as allergy season starts. Flonase helps block six allergic substances, not just one2. It provides more complete allergy relief3 than most allergy pills, that don’t relieve nasal congestion.
Dress for allergy season.
We’re not talking about a hazmat suit that covers you from head to toe! Consider wearing things like sunglasses and a hat, which can cover your eyes and provide a bit of protection from pollen, or a mask if you’re gardening or doing yard work to minimize the amount of exposure you have to allergy triggers.
Wash off as soon as you get home.
If you’ve spent the day outdoors, change out of your clothes immediately when you get home as to not track pollen and other allergens into your house. Also, consider taking a shower to get any allergens off your body and out of your hair.
1 IMS Health Monthly TRx Allergy Market for the 12-month period of 1/31/1 through 1/31/19 for the most prescribed allergy medicine of fluticasone propionate
2 Mechanism vs. most over-the-counter (OTC) allergy pills. FLONASE nasal sprays act on multiple inflammatory substances (histamine, cytokine, tryptases, chemokine, and leukotrienes). The exact number and precise mechanism are unknown.
3 vs. single-ingredient antihistamines that do not treat nasal congestion