Tips on How to Beat the Allergy Season Blues

Allergy_SeasonSpring time is officially here; flowers and blossoms are blooming and as you step-out to enjoy nice warm weather, you’ll likely be hit with allergy season symptoms; sneezing, itching, and dripping.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19.1 million adults 18 years and older have been diagnosed with hay fever in the past 12 months. Hay fever also known as seasonal rhinitis is the most common diagnosis during allergy season, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has created a page with allergy season tips from Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, the American Academy of Allergy and Asthma, as well as other national organizations. So as you stock up on allergy medications and tissue boxes, check out the list below to help you through the allergy season fog.

  • Stay indoors on hot, dry, and windy days.
  • Wash bedding weekly in hot water.
  • If possible, use air conditioning instead of having windows open in both home and car.
  • Stay indoors when pollen is most abundant.
  • Beware of high mold spore counts after a heavy rain or in the evening.
  • Do not mow the lawn or rake the leaves without a filter mask.
  • Wash your hair daily to remove pollen, especially in evenings before going to bed.
  • If gardening, leave your shoes by the door and wash your clothes in hot water.
  • Use air-purifying devices. For allergic asthma, use a humidifier that is cleaned weekly.

For more tips on seasonal allergies, visit the MCPS website.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital compiled the list for MCPS and used the following as sources for the list: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, American Academy of Allergy and Asthma and Immunology , National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences , American Lung Association, Washington and Shady Grove Adventist Hospitals.

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Maureen Chowdhury

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Maureen Chowdhury is a multimedia journalist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at and on Twitter at @MediaMaureen. Maureen authors the blog Sound Check on MyMCMedia.


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