Millions of Canadians suffer from allergies every year. In particular, springtime allergies are an annual nuisance for many people. As plants begin to bloom and neighbours start to cut their grass more frequently, allergy sufferers nationwide start sniffling and sneezing. What’s more, mould growth blooms both indoors and outdoors, making it almost impossible to escape allergy triggers.
Below are some tips to help you survive allergy season this spring. If you want to tackle your allergies year-round, download a copy of our Seasonal Relief tips sheet here.
Spring Allergy Alleviation Tips
To reduce your allergies, be sure to take the following steps:
- Stay indoors on dry, windy days.
- Avoid chores—including lawn mowing, weed pulling and gardening—that could expose you to common allergens.
- Avoid hanging laundry outside to dry as pollen can stick to certain fabrics.
- Check pollen levels regularly.
- Close doors and windows at night if pollen levels are high.
- Use air conditioning in your house and car. You can also keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier.
- Clean your floors regularly. For best results, consider using a vacuum that’s equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
Treatment for most allergies is available both over-the-counter and by prescription. Talk to your doctor to find out what treatment method is right for you. If your allergy symptoms are severe or chronic, you may need a series of allergy shots. Contact your physician or allergist to determine which treatment option is best for you.