Every year it’s the same story: the pollen comes out in full force and you spend the spring with a runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing. You take all your medicine and you practice good allergy avoidance techniques, but the symptoms don’t stop. As it turns out, the biggest source of pollen and other allergens may be you. Since this is asthma and allergy awareness month, this is a good time to discuss ways to prevent your own body from being the source of all your seasonal discomfort.

Rinse your hair every night. Pollen clings to your hair, and when you go to sleep you’re breathing in all the pollen you collected all day. Instead, take a few minutes to wash your face and hair and you’ll breathe easier.

Change your clothes when you get home. Like your hair, your clothes can pick up pollens and other allergens, especially if you’ve been spending a lot of time outside. From there, the allergens can leap to your furniture, so despite all the attempts you’ve made to keep your windows shut and the air outside from getting in, you now have pollen in your home. Also, once you change your clothes you should throw them in the laundry instead of hanging them back up. That way you avoid transferring the pollen to all the clean clothes in your closet.

Don’t wear shoes indoors. Take your shoes off as soon as you enter your home and you’ll avoid tracking pollen with you. This is especially important if you have rugs or carpeting, since the pollen can be tough to remove and can elevate your symptoms for a while.

CEENTA ENT doctor Gregory Parsons, MD

Roll up your windows. When you’re driving, keep your windows up and your air conditioning on. This helps filter the pollen out of the air, CEENTA Otolaryngologist Gregory Parsons, MD, said. This helps you not only breathe easy, but keeps allergens from landing on you.

Following these few easy steps is a great way to help you stay allergy symptom-free.

If you would like to make an appointment to see one of our allergy specialists at any of our North or South Carolina ENT locations, call 704-295-3000.

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