Tricks for Beating Spring Allergies

Spring allergies can cause a runny nose, watery and itchy eyes, sneezing and sore throats. Prevent these symptoms by taking allergy medicine before symptoms start, and by using these tips to keep spring allergy symptoms under control.

  • Cool Wisely

    Cool Wisely

    Use an air conditioner instead of a window or attic fan to cool your house.

  • Prevent Molds

    Prevent Molds

    Avoid humidifiers and swamp coolers, because they can add molds into your home.

  • Clean Up

    Clean Up

    When you come in from outside, remove clothing and wash or shower to remove pollen from your skin and hair. Also wash your pets after they’ve been outside to reduce pollen they bring in to the home.

  • Nasal Wash

    Nasal Wash

    Using a saline nasal wash can improve breathing by rinsing pollen, dust and other debris out of your nose and loosening thick mucus.

  • Block Wind

    Block Wind

    Use a scarf or mask over your mouth and nose to prevent breathing in pollen and dust on windy days.

  • Allergy Triggers

    Allergy Triggers

    Spring pollen allergies are from trees and grasses; weeds bring summer allergies. Molds can be a problem during mid-summer in warmer states and year-round in southern and western states.

  • Garden Carefully

    Garden Carefully

    Avoid breathing in fertilizer and pesticide chemicals. Keep away from piles of moldy leaves and branches. Have someone else mow the lawn. Wear an allergy mask outdoors to reduce exposure to allergens.

  • Count Pollens

    Count Pollens

    Watch local pollen counts. Stay inside during afternoons and evenings when pollen counts are highest.
  • Close Windows

    Close Windows

    Keep home and car windows closed when pollen counts are high and during sleep.
  • Take Medication

    Take Medication

    Consistently take doctor-recommended medicines and treatments.


This information has been reviewed and approved by Ann Mullen, AE-C, CNS, MSN, RN (March 2019).