Tips for dealing with seasonal allergies.

By Sierra Morrison

Spring can be unpleasant for people with seasonal allergies. Sneezing, coughing, a runny and itchy nose and itchy throat are some of the symptoms people with seasonal allergies face.

Today’s air quality index is 40, which is considered good, according to the National Weather Service.

Hearing that pollen numbers is good news for Mark Thomas, 31, a seasonal allergy sufferer. When Thomas is exposed to pollen, he experiences symptoms including a runny nose, coughing, sneezing and shortness of breath.

When Thomas is outdoors, he takes preventative measures. “I carry an asthma inhaler with me at all times,” he said.  “I take Zyrtec, an anti-histamine and primarily stay indoors when the pollen count is high. When I have to go outdoors, I go out at 8 a.m. because the pollen count is a lot less.”

Carrying an asthma inhaler, taking an antihistamine and staying indoors at certain times aren’t enough for many people with seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergy sufferers can take several other steps to limit their exposure to allergens, according to WebMD.

The site suggests, “that people leave their shoes at the door to lessen the amount of pollen you track into the house, wash your hair before bed so pollen collected in your hair won’t rub off on your pillow, close windows and doors to prevent pollen from entering your house, service the filters in your furnace and air conditioner and dry your clothes in a clothes dryer and not on an outdoor line.”

Those looking for medicine to help control their seasonal allergies can, ” start with antihistamines such as eye drops, nose sprays, liquids and pills,” according to WebMD. Over-the-counter antihistamines include Alavert, Claritin, Benadryl and Zyrtec. Prescription antihistamines include Clarinex, Xyzal, Astelin, Astepro and Patanase.

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