Now that spring (and allergy season) are both well on their way, the first instinct might be to buck up on antihistamines. Pollen and allergens can really suck the joy out of springtime, keeping otherwise active individuals cooped up indoors to avoid the unbearable sinus headache that comes with an afternoon bike ride in the park. The good news is that there are multiple ways to prevent allergy symptoms from invading everyday life and hindering outdoor activities during this time of year.
Read on for a few easy ways to silence the sneezing this allergy season and get outside for some well-deserved playtime.
Medicate early on. If you know you have seasonal allergies, start taking antihistamines before your symptoms begin.
Keep the windows closed. It may sound obvious, but opening the windows for some “fresh air” is more like a death wish during allergy season. Keep the windows to your house and car closed to keep pollen from blowing around your personal space and causing mayhem for your sinuses all day long.
Wear sunglasses. Shades provide a physical barrier that help keep allergens from blowing in your eyes, causing them to itch to high heaven.
Snack on yogurt. According to a study from the Institute of Food Research, people who ate yogurt containing the probiotic Lactobacillus casei once a day for five months had lower levels of an antibody that produces allergy symptoms. Whatever works, right?
Exercise later in the day. Pollen levels are highest in the morning, so save your outdoor workout for the late afternoon or early evening when pollen counts are lower.
Rinse off immediately. Hop in the shower right when you get home so that pollen and other allergens don’t linger in your hair or pollute your couch cushions and wreak more havoc while you’re trying to unwind.
Medicate again. Before heading to bed, take a 24-hour antihistamine to keep you symptom-free all night long. Getting a good night sleep is important for overall health, and that’s not an easy feat when you’re waking up every 20 minutes to blow your nose. Be sure to read the label first to avoid taking a non-drowsy formula before bed.