Understand which allergens specifically trigger your symptoms. Common culprits include pollen, grass, mould spores, and dust mites. Identifying the triggers will help you take targeted measures to minimise exposure.
Keep windows and doors closed during peak pollen times, typically in the morning and evening. This prevents pollen from entering your living space and reduces your exposure.
Install air purifiers with HEPA filters for your home and office. These filters help trap airborne allergens and provide cleaner air to breathe, reducing your symptoms.
When venturing outdoors during high pollen periods, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and a wide-brimmed hat to shield your face from pollen. Wearing a mask can also reduce inhalation of allergens.
Clean your home frequently to remove accumulated allergens. Dust surfaces, vacuum with a HEPA filter, wash bedding regularly and consider using allergen-proof covers on pillows and mattresses.
During high pollen seasons, avoid hanging clothes and bedding outside to dry. Pollen can stick to fabric, making it easier to bring allergens indoors. Instead, use a dryer or dry clothes indoors.
If you have severe allergies, try to avoid outdoor chores like mowing the lawn or gardening, as these activities can expose you to high allergens. If unavoidable, wear a mask and consider taking antihistamines before starting.
Nasal irrigation with a saline solution can flush out allergens from your nasal passages, relieving congestion and reducing symptoms. Use a neti pot or nasal rinse bottle for this purpose.
Over-the-counter nasal sprays, antihistamines, and eye drops can provide temporary relief from seasonal allergy symptoms. Consult with a doctor to identify the most suitable medication for you.
Consult an allergist if your symptoms are severe or persist despite self-care measures. They can perform tests to identify specific allergens and provide personalised treatment options such as immunotherapy or prescription medications.