You don’t need to choose between endless sneezing and your budget this allergy season. Follow these five tips to help you beat your seasonal allergies without spending a fortune.
Keep your windows closed.
Those gentle spring breezes might be delightful, but they carry irritating allergens on their backs. When you open your windows, you are letting them right into your home. This is especially true during high pollinating times, which generally fall between 5 and 10 a.m.
Wash up after spending time outdoors.
If you must be outside during the early morning hours, especially on breezy days, wash up and change your clothing and shoes as soon as you get inside. Pollens can cling to you, triggering your symptoms even when you are inside your home. If you have pets, wipe down their paws and fur when they come in from the outdoors as well.
See an allergist before heading to the pharmacy.
Don’t assume you know what you are allergic to just because you have been tested in the past. Allergies can change with age and with season, and you don’t want to spend money on medications that may not even ease your symptoms. It is best to consult with an allergist who can help you identify your allergies as well as a course of treatment instead of going it alone.
Keep your house clean.
Irritants like dust, pet dander, mold and mildew can worsen your symptoms during allergy season. Keep your house extra-clean this spring to avoid unnecessary allergy triggers. Vacuum your rugs and upholstered furniture regularly, wash your curtains and drapes, dust often and wash your linens on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Pay close attention to your bathrooms as well, making sure to change your shower curtain and liner when they show signs of mildew.
Go generic or over-the-counter.
You can save a great deal of money by buying the generic version of the meds you need instead of the name brand. Similarly, over-the-counter (OTC) options might work just as well, so do your research before deciding which medications to take.
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