There’s nothing quite like allergies to ruin a perfectly good day. The sneezing, the runny nose and those red, itchy eyes — they all can make you feel absolutely miserable. You don’t have to suffer through allergy season, though. Here are some simple steps that you can take to help tame those allergies all summer long:
Consider a daily allergy medication. Talk to your physician about taking a daily allergy medicine that you can take year-round or only during the times of the year that your allergies are in full swing. There are oral medications, nasal sprays and eye drops that can help. At some times of the year, you may be able to combine more than one type of allergy medicine to provide maximum relief. Your physician can help guide you through your treatment options.
Do not rub your eyes. A common sign of allergies is itchy and irritable eyes. It can be easy to try and relieve the suffering by rubbing your eyes, but doing so can also cause damage. Although it may be difficult, avoid rubbing your eyes when they are itchy. In addition to hurting your eyes, rubbing also can introduce bacteria and viruses into your body, which can make you sick.
Drink plenty of water. With hot temperatures in the summer, it is easy to get dehydrated, which can make you feel even more miserable as well as aggravate your allergies. Drink at least 64 ounces of water each day and avoid beverages like soda that can dehydrate you.
Wash that pollen out of your hair and clothes. If you’ve been working outside, shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair once you’re back indoors. Wash the clothes that you wore outside. Pets also can bring pollen into your home. Groom your pet frequently (outside if possible) during the summer.