While Western Washington is blossoming into a beautiful landscape of wild flowers, budding trees and green grass, it’s very possible that your headaches, watery eyes, stuffy nose, and itchy ears have returned as well. Allergy season is in full force, and instead of hibernating until summer, there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself and minimize the effects of the world outside your front door.
Be aware of your surroundings
Did you know most weather apps, also track and display our region’s pollen count? Take a peek at the forecast in the morning so that you’re aware when your allergies could get really bad. Many other factors could affect your outdoor experiences. Depending on how windy it is, gusts could stir up pollen and you’re more likely to get the sniffles. Rain can help and minimize the amount of pollen in the air, but don’t be fooled – it’s still all around!
Be prepared and proactive
Knowing what’s going on outside is only half of being ready to take on allergy season. Take time to visit your neighborhood Bartell’s pharmacist to get a recommendation on what medications to take for your specific symptoms. There are treatments available for all severities of seasonal allergies. Another factor is timing when you take your medication. It’s best to be proactive and mindful as to when you’re planning to be outdoors. Timing your medications correctly can be very helpful.
Make your home a safe haven
If your allergies are making outdoor activities impossible, close the windows and stay indoors. If you have central air or a duct system, be sure that your filters are new or cleaned annually. Dust can also be a factor and can affect your allergies. Keep a tidy house, vacuum out the corners and clean up your free-standing fans.
When all else fails
If over the counter remedies, a cleaned house, and staying indoors during bad pollen days don’t do the trick, stop in to Bartell’s and one of our 15 CareClinic locations. Our providers can prescribe stronger medications and offer additional recommendations to help you get your life back on track.