Spring has definitely sprung, and I know you may feel it too….AH-CHOOO! All the sniffles and watery, itchy eyes are back again, and you are not alone. Seasonal allergies are one of the most common experienced discomforts in the US. There’s not much you can do to get rid of them, but there are ways you can manage them to make yourself more comfortable.
- Wash your face, body and hands often – One of the main causes of allergies in the spring is due to the pollinating plants and trees that are now in bloom. These microscopic particles will cling on you and your clothes throughout the day making you more susceptible to sneezing, coughing and itching. (Fun fact: pollen is actually just the sperm of plants looking to reproduce!)
- Change filters throughout your home – If you have an air conditioner or an air purifier in your living space make sure to change your filter to avoid the circulation of allergens in your home. Air purifiers are a great way of cleaning your air and removing the allergens that may be in it!
- Check local pollen counts – Pollen counts tends to be higher at certain times throughout the day. Knowing when these times are can be useful for planning daily activities and avoiding times and areas where you’re highly susceptible for symptoms. You can find one for West Chester here.
- Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible – This can help minimize the pollen that you come in contact with while you’re indoors.
If in case your allergies become unbearable and prevent you from doing everyday tasks, stop by the Student Health Center located on the bottom floor of Commonwealth and make an appointment, or talk to your doctor about more long-term options to reduce your allergy symptoms.
Having allergies may seem like a bummer, but it doesn’t always have to be. Taking steps to reduce the amount of pollen and other allergens you may come in contact with can improve your days spent outdoors!
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