If you struggle with seasonal allergies, spring’s looming arrival may bring mixed feelings. Allergy-causing plants and molds will begin to flourish in the Omaha area, bringing on predictable and relentless symptoms: sneezing, itching, congestion and watery eyes.
If you’re in the one-third of the population who has allergies, there is hope. The staff at Nebraska Medicine UNO Health Center recommend six strategies to minimize your symptoms this season:
As the weather warms, run the air conditioner in your dorm or apartment rather than opening windows, which allows pollen to enter. Once trapped in your living space, pollen can last for months.
Check the daily weather report for local pollen and mold counts. When counts are high, reduce outdoor activity if possible. Pollen counts are usually highest on warm, dry, windy days in the early morning.
Use nasal salt water rinses to cleanse allergens from inside the lining of your nose.
Wash your skin, hair and clothing before going outside.
Use a dehumidifier in your room on humid days.
Premedicate with antihistamines to minimize symptoms if you plan to be outside for a significant amount of time.
If over-the-counter medications fail to work for you or your symptoms begin interfering with school, work or sleep, it’s time to see a health care provider. To make an appointment at the UNO Health Center, call us at 402.554.2374.
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