COURIER LIFE, APRIL 22-28, 2022
Spring is synonymous
with rebirth. Each
spring, flowers begin
to bloom again, grass
starts to grow and people
from all walks of life rekindle
their love affair with
the great outdoors. Spring
also marks the return of a
familiar foe: allergies.
Seasonal allergies can
put a damper on even the
most welcoming spring
day. After all, a day soaking
up the sun isn’t so relaxing
when it’s also spent sneezing
and confronting allergy
symptoms like congestion,
runny nose and watery
eyes. Thankfully, it’s possible
for seasonal allergy sufferers
to have their spring
and enjoy it, too.
• Pay attention to seasonal
allergy trackers. Seasonal
allergies are now easier
to track than ever. For
example, Pollen.com is an
easily accessible and free
site that allows visitors
to type in their ZIP codes
and access daily allergy reports
for their towns and
cities. Visitors also can
see five-day forecasts that
can help them plan trips
and other outdoor excursions.
offers free allergy reports
and forecasts. Individuals
with seasonal allergies can
make use of these sites and
plan their activities based
on the information they
• Stay indoors when allergen
levels are especially
high. The Mayo Clinic
notes that there are several
things individuals can do
to reduce their exposure to
seasonal allergy triggers.
That includes staying indoors
on dry, windy days.
This doesn’t mean individuals
need to lock themselves
indoors all spring.
But it’s important that
seasonal allergy sufferers
recognize that some days
might be too much to handle.
Rain helps clear pollen
from the air, so individuals
who are avoiding the outdoors
on days when pollen
counts are high should be
able to get outside after a
good rain without triggering
• Maintain clean air
indoors. The great outdoors
is not the only place
It’s possible for seasonal allergy sufferers to have their spring and enjoy it, too.
Metro Creative Connection
where allergens percolate.
The Asthma and Allergy
Foundation of America
notes that improving air
quality in a home can reduce
allergy triggers. Air
conditioners can prevent
outdoor allergens from entering
a home, so utilize
units on warm spring days
when you might otherwise
open the windows. Open
windows and screen doors
provide easy entry points
for allergens like pollen,
so turning on the AC when
outdoor allergen counts
are high can make seasonal
allergies more manageable.
• Consider treatments.
nasal sprays and decongestants
provide most individuals
with sufficient relief
from their seasonal allergies.
If OTC remedies are
ineffective, treatments such
as allergen immunotherapy
and a consultation with an
allergen may be necessary.
Seasonal allergies can
spoil an otherwise welcoming
spring day. But there
are many ways for individuals
to corral their seasonal
allergies and still enjoy
How to corral
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