Spring is in the air and people think of new beginnings. All around us we see flowers and trees blooming in brilliant colors and wonderful scents. However, along with warm and gentle breezes, pollen and mold are also in the air. Pollen alone can come from different sources including trees, grasses and weeds. These allergens can be a nuisance for some, causing sneezing, and watery, itchy eyes. For some, these symptoms are accompanied by a scratchy throat, hives and an inflammatory response in the lungs. For those with chronic respiratory symptoms such as COPD or asthma, the simple act of breathing becomes all the more difficult.
One way to manage the symptoms is to be aware of the pollen and mold count in your area. You can check on-line or on the local weather service. This can help to better plan and manage your day and you can adjust outdoor activities as needed. Other steps to manage allergy symptoms include:
Please share with us whatever tips you may have for dealing with the spring air!
Paula, great advice! I just bought brand new filters for my air purifier. Seems to help!— Amy Dixon Drouin, RN / April 16th, 2010 at 5:44 pm
I have heard never, ever put clothing that has been outside (especially jackets or sweaters) onto your bed.— Stav / April 18th, 2010 at 7:27 pm
I’m glad to hear that the air purifier is helping out, Amy. I had a friend recently tell me that the air was so thick with pollen he could practically taste it! Also, it is an excellent practice to not put clothing that had been outside on your bed. It is those little tips that help so much. Thanks Stav!— Paula / April 20th, 2010 at 1:50 pm