Central Florida is notorious for having high pollen levels, making it a challenging place for allergy sufferers, especially during the spring. According to an article by Dr. Aishah Ali, tree pollen is most common during the beginning of the season. As the season moves to mid-spring, grass pollen comes into play, and then in the summer, weed-related allergies are added to the mix.
Here are some tips to help you manage your seasonal allergies during pollen season:
- Monitor the pollen count: Check the daily pollen count to help you prepare for the day ahead. You can check pollen counts on weather apps, local news websites, or by contacting your local allergy clinic.
- Keep your windows closed: During pollen season, try to keep your windows closed to prevent pollen from entering your home. Use an air conditioner instead to circulate cool air.
- Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter: A HEPA filter can help trap pollen particles and other allergens in the air. Make sure to clean or replace the filter regularly for maximum efficiency.
- Wear a mask: Wearing a mask can help filter out pollen and reduce exposure to pollen when you are outside.
- Do facial sinus massages: Massaging your sinuses can help relieve congestion and pressure caused by allergies. Use your fingertips to gently massage the bridge of your nose, temples, and forehead in circular motions.
- Clean your home regularly: Pollen can settle on surfaces inside your home, so it’s essential to keep it clean. Dust and vacuum regularly and wash your bedding in hot water.
- Take allergy medication: Over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays can help relieve allergy symptoms. If your symptoms are severe, talk to your doctor about prescription medications.
- Consider allergy shots: Allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy, can help reduce your sensitivity to allergens over time. Talk to your doctor about whether this is a good option for you.
Pollen season is challenging for allergy sufferers, especially in Central Florida. However, by following these tips, you can reduce your exposure to pollen and manage your symptoms effectively.