Spring is finally here, but the nicer weather brings spring allergies to Maine. Is the pollen from Maine trees like oak, ash and willow making you sneeze, cough, get a runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, or dark circles under your eyes?
If so, here are 5 tips for curbing your sniffles:
- Stay in. Warm, breezy days are more likely to bring about allergy symptoms, as the wind stirs up and carries the pollen. Rain helps the pollen drop down to the ground where it is less likely to trigger allergies. If you are a Mainer suffering from spring allergies, try staying indoors on windy days, particularly in the mornings when pollen counts are at their highest.
- Wash up. After spending time outdoors or doing yard work, run your clothes through the wash to get the pollen out. Similarly, remove your shoes when you come in from outdoors. Washing your hands and even taking a shower will also help keep your spring allergies at bay.
- Close your windows. This sounds obvious, but after a long Maine winter, it is tempting to open the shades and windows! If you want to keep spring allergies away from your home, opt to keep your windows shut and run a fan or air conditioning instead. If you're driving, keep your windows up and circulate the air inside your car.
- Wear a mask. There are a variety of allergy face masks available for purchase, depending on your budget and the severity of your spring allergies. Wearing one while doing yard work at home will help keep the pollen out of your eyes and nose.
- Track it. Use Pollen.com to check the pollen count. You can use this data to plan around the days that you are most likely to be experiencing spring allergies. High pollen days would be a great time to go to the movies or catch up on a project around your home.