Managing Seasonal Allergies
Stay Cool: Cool eye compresses may improve appearance and reduce unwanted eye allergy symptoms.
Be a Star: Wear big sunglasses to block pollen entry into your eyes and eyelids, especially on windy days.
Rinse Wisely: Wash your eyelids gently when you wash your face each morning. Shampoo your hair in the evening if you have been out on high-pollen days (or after being outdoors) to remove and wash away unwanted seasonal pollens and molds. This will stop them from landing on your pillow and bed sheets during the night. Change your clothing before entering your bedroom to reduce pollens from being brought into your bedroom.
Wear a Hat: Get a sombrero! Wear a wide-brimmed hat to prevent pollens from landing on top of your head.
Say No to Hair Gel: Don’t use hair gel and similar hair-care products that can act as “pollen magnets” during the height of allergy season.
Don’t Line Dry: Never line dry clothing outdoors on high-pollen days, as it will adhere to your linens, towels, etc.
Avoid Certain Plants and Flowers
They may be pretty, but it’s better to keep your distance. Many flowers will drive up your allergy symptoms, especially if you really inhale their aroma up close. Avoid the following: Daisies, chrysanthemum, amaranthus, dahlia, sunflower, black-eyed Susan, zinnia, privet and lilac.
Try an Allergy-Friendly Garden: Plant gladiolus, periwinkle, begonia, bougainvillea, iris and orchid. These plants won’t aggravate your allergies.
Start Your Allergy Treatment Early: See an allergist for simple, fast, reliable allergy tests so you can get relief.