The bluebonnets are blooming, the grass is greening and trees are glistening with new green leaves! You know what that means, right? It’s high-pollen count season in Texas and that means peak allergy season. Our meteorologists give record-breaking pollen counts each evening while caregivers and their aging parents suffer through the allergy season.
Providing care for a loved one offers enough daily challenges without the added discomfort of runny noses, itchy eyes and cotton-filled heads.
Allergy medications have come a long way in recent years. However, most allergy sufferers find that prevention and decreased exposure to allergens can go a long way in heading off a Texas-sized allergy attack. Consider some of these options:
- Drink plenty of fluids. Hydrating fluids can help loosen congestion while warm drinks and broths may soothe the inflamed membranes in throats and noses.
- Avoid allergens as much as possible. That means frolicking through a field of bluebonnets on a sunny day may be out of the question. Stay away from grasses and lots of foliage during prime pollen season. Consider hiring a lawn service during peak season. Or, if you must do you own yard work always shower and change afterward so that pollen remains outside. Large sunglasses and a face mask are excellent as a first line of defense.
- Keep windows and doors closed. After a long winter it can be so tempting to throw open the doors and windows to allow the fresh spring air into your home. Keep the windows closed and the air conditioning unit on so that allergens are filtered from your household air.
- Plan a beach trip. When inland pollen is at its worst, sea breezes keep coastal pollen counts relatively low. And, the sea breeze is comforting to stressed nasal passages. Luckily, Texas beaches are within an easy drive.
- Check with your doctor on the latest medicines. Allergy medicines are improving each year. Check with your physician on the treatment plan that is best for you and your loved one.
Enjoy the lovely weather with your loved ones, but use an ounce of prevention when battling allergies!