5 Ways to Stay Ahead of Allergies This Season

  1. Start Medication Early.
    Begin taking your medication at least 2 weeks before the season starts and maintain throughout the season.
  2. Wear a mask.
    Allergy-proofing your yard won’t help. Wear a mask if you’re working outdoors. Examples include mowing the lawn and cleaning out garden beds.
  3. Stay hydrated.
    Allergies can have a great effect on your breathing, especially if you already have difficulty breathing. By staying hydrated your body can better react to allergens.
  4. Don’t air dry laundry.
    Air drying your laundry may be a good energy saving idea but can cost you more in the long run. Allergens have the ability to stick to your clothes if laundry is placed outside to dry.
  5. Keep windows closed.
    Pollen counts are highest at night, and though the weather may be cooler at night, your exposure to allergens in the air can increase.

Important to Remember
Aside from avoiding allergens, you should also be under the regular care of an allergist and use medications as prescribed.

(Tips provided by: Paula Martineau, Respiratory Therapist here at Brookside Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, located in Webster, MA)