SIX WAYS TO PREPARE FOR THE ALLERGY SEASON
Be greater than your allergies.
Seasonal allergies have a way of creeping up on you every year, making you feel more sluggish and stuffy than your usual, productive, energetic self. Taking a few steps prior to the onset of a new allergy season can help give you the upper hand in managing those early spring allergies and learning how to prepare for allergy season before it hits.
1. CHECK YOUR MEDICINE CABINET
Make sure you’re ready to start your allergy medication as soon as allergy season starts and your symptoms hit. This way, you can limit the severity of your symptoms from the beginning, to make for a much easier allergy season. Before the season starts, make sure to go through your medicine cabinet and check all the packaging and labels for their expiration date. Make sure to dispose of anything that’s past its expiration date in accordance with local requirements such as returning to the pharmacy, as it’s no longer effective or safe for use.
2. GET OUT YOUR SUNGLASSES AND A WIDE-BRIMMED HAT
Even if it’s not sunny outside, wearing a hat and sunglasses when you head outside is a great idea for allergy sufferers. This will limit the amount of pollen that blows into your eyes or pollen which may get stuck in your hair, helping to lessen your allergy symptoms. As a bonus, they’ll help protect you from harmful UV sunrays at the same time.
3. START WATCHING LOCAL POLLEN REPORTS
Keep an eye on local pollen counts, so you’ll know when allergy season begins in your area. On days with a higher pollen count, try your best to stay inside with windows closed to limit your exposure. Use the innovative Allergy Outlook Tracker from The Weather Network,® brought to you in partnership with FLONASE, to get a local forecast of key allergy triggers. Travelling? Check the pollen reports of wherever you’re travelling. If the pollen count is high there, make sure to bring a form of allergy relief, like FLONASE, with you and follow these tips to ensure you’re prepared to combat any allergy symptoms that come your way.
4. SPRING CLEAN YOUR GARDEN
An important tip for green thumbs learning how to prepare for allergy season is to get your garden ready for spring before peak pollen season arrives. Clear away dead leaves or plants to limit mould 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. Antioxidants are natural chemicals that can help you to fight the inflammation that comes with allergic reactions. Not only are fruits and veggies full of vitamins and minerals that are good for your body, but they’re a great way to help lessen your allergy symptoms naturally.
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, helping you to relieve painful allergy symptoms. So if you want to know how to prepare for allergy season using as many natural remedies as possible, make sure to stock up on green tea!