Managing Spring Allergies

Managing Spring Allergies

Strolling through the beautiful campus, socializing and taking advantage of all the cultural, recreational and educational programs offered here at Southgate at Shrewsbury is what independent retirement living is all about. It can be hard to stay active, however, if you’re dealing with the symptoms of spring allergies.

Spring allergies can even put a damper on your ability to enjoy indoor activities. After all, it can be harder to stay focused when bowling, maintain proper form while swimming or find inner peace during a yoga class, if you are sniffling and sneezing. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to manage your spring allergies and make the most of the season.

Identify the Problem

First of all, it is important to properly identify your symptoms. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the symptoms you should watch out for include:

  • Runny nose and increased mucous production
  • Itchy eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Scratchy throat

Talk to Your Doctor

These symptoms can be mild and barely impact your life, or they can be severe enough to disrupt your usual activities and comfort. If the severity of your symptoms is having a negative impact on your lifestyle or health, you should speak with your doctor about finding suitable medications or other ways to manage your symptoms.

You should also speak to your doctor if you ever experience any of the following severe symptoms that can be caused by allergens: rashes, hives, low blood pressure, breathing trouble or asthma.

Make Changes to Your Routine

Modern technology doesn’t always make things easier, but one thing it does have going for it is the ability to easily track pollen levels in your area. Most websites and news programs that provide weather reports also disclose information about the pollen count for the upcoming week, and using this information to make your schedule can make a huge difference in your allergy symptoms this spring.

Another of the most important ways you can manage your allergies is to limit the ability for pollen and other allergens to enter your living space. The housekeeping service here at Southgate at Shrewsbury that keeps the assisted living and independent living residences clean and comfortable are a big help in reducing pollen that gets tracked in from the outdoors.

There are also things you can do on your own to reduce indoor pollen even further. Wearing light outerwear, even in warm weather, can be helpful because you can take it off at the door and either place it directly in the laundry basket it or store it in a closet where it will stay isolated from the rest of your home. If you don’t wear a light jacket, however, you will be stuck breathing in the pollen from your garments all day, and you will be tracking more of it around your home. Laundering your outdoor garments regularly is also an important part of reducing the pollen buildup in your living space.

The time of day that you are outdoors can also make a difference. Pollen levels differ depending on the weather, the area and the type of plant, but a common pattern is that they begin rising in the morning and peak at midday before falling again. So if you schedule your outdoor plans to avoid midday, you may be able to avoid the worst pollen levels. It is also a good idea to keep your window closed during those peak-pollen hours.

If you would like to take advantage of our chauffeured transportation services to arrange a visit to discuss spring allergies with your doctor, we are more than happy to help you make the arrangements.