As a result, people with allergies need to be more proactive when it comes to fighting allergy symptoms. In addition to using antihistamines, nasal sprays, or decongestants, it's important to take steps to minimize exposure to allergens such as tree pollen.
Start at home. Make sure air conditioning and heating filters and vents are clean. Close windows and consider wearing a mask for outdoor yard work. Better yet, avoid going outside when pollen levels are highest. Dr. Gray also recommends using nasal saline irrigations after working in the yard or being outside for an extended time.
Certain irritants in the environment-like cigarette smoke and air pollution-can also worsen allergy symptoms. Avoiding them if possible can help. It can also be a good idea to take precautions even before allergy season hits. One strategy Dr. Gray suggests is starting a nasal steroid spray a few weeks before spring allergies begin.
Read the full-length article: "Fighting back against allergy season"
Also in the March 2013 issue of the Harvard Health Letter:
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