Knowing what triggers your allergic reaction can help you better prevent and reduce the symptoms. Many individuals just assume that pollen is their trigger the moment spring arrives, but there are many other allergens that may come up during the pollen season. Furthermore, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) says that over two-thirds of seasonal allergy sufferers actually experience symptoms all year round.
Some tips from the ACAAI for reducing the annoying seasonal allergies include:
- Monitor pollen and mold counts, which can be checked in the local weather reports.
- During allergy season, keep windows and doors closed and stay indoors at times of the highest pollen counts.
- Wear a filter mask when mowing the grass or gardening – take appropriate allergy medication prior to going outdoors.
- Take a shower soon after returning from the outdoors.
You can successfully manage your allergy with over-the-counter medications, along with prescription drugs or shots, which are administered prior to the allergy season onset to help your body build up immunity to your triggers.