MEDFORD, Ore--- Today is the official first day of spring. Along with the sunny spring weather, comes the pollen as flowers bloom.
People can experience those nasty seasonal allergy symptoms from grass, or dust particles in the house as well.
Dr. Judy Hardage from Providence Urgent Care has been giving NewsWatch12 some easy, at home fixes that can help reduce those symptoms.
Taking a shower tops the list. If you take a shower as soon as you get back in the house, the pollen will not spread around. Taking a shower before bed is the most important. The pollen stuck to your body can stick to your mattress. Once the pollen is on your mattress, you will continue to breathe in that pollen all night.
Washing your sheets will also go a long way. Using bed liners will help protect the pollen from sticking to the actual mattress.
Dr. Hardage also mentioned that using a humidifier in the house can help the pollen settle down.
It seems like all of this stuff is an inside solution, for an outside problem. However, giving your body a break from breathing in the pollen can go a long way in reducing your symptoms all day.
On the medication side of things, it is important to be very careful.
When taking allergy pills, it can be really tempting to take more than the bottle directs. Most allergy bottles direct one pill every 24 hours. Taking more than one can cause high blood pressure, and a high heart rate.
Dr. Hardage mentioned that some allergists might recommend taking more than one in severe cases. It should never be a common thing.
Steroid nasal sprays can help with the inflammation in your nose, which goes a long way with reducing the symptoms.
Be careful with which sprays you use. For example, Afrin can be addictive. Do some research before heading out the door to grab a nasal spray.
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