Springtime is at the doorstep, and with it a host of new things that could trigger your allergies. Different pollens will become abundant, which can be a significant trigger for many people. How can you prepare? It’s going to be impossible to avoid pollens altogether, but there are many things that one can do to lessen the effects of springtime allergies.

Know what you’re allergic to.

It’s very easy to think that one thing is causing your allergy symptoms when really it is another. Get allergy testing to find out what you’re really allergic to, so you can know what to avoid, and where to take the most precaution. This can be very important if your allergy happens to be from something indoors, like mold or dust mites, as there are measures that can be taken to reduce these triggers in the home.

Take some precautions when outdoors.

Pollen counts are usually higher in the morning, so you might consider doing your gardening, hiking or exercising in the afternoon or evening. Also, avoid outdoor activity on dry, windy days. Do your outdoor chores after rain. After an outdoor activity, many people with pollen allergies or another spring allergy find it helpful to immediately take a shower and change clothes. Another tip that you could try is to forego rolling the windows down in your car when driving. You could decrease exposure to allergens. Learn about hay fever.

Know what medications work for you.

When springtime allergies hit, some people rely on antihistamines, and others prefer nasal sprays or decongestants. Speak with your allergist about medicinal strategies, and ask if long-term treatments, like shots, might be the best option. Spring is a much better season if you are not constantly sneezing, puffy-eyed and runny-nosed. Take the right precautions and you’ll enjoy the season much more!