As trees and flowers bloom, seasonal allergies result from the increased pollen.

Experiencing a runny nose, watery eyes, dry cough and sore throat are a few of the most prevalent symptoms of seasonal allergies. These symptoms are the body’s response to the environmental changes that happen in spring and summer. While the average person’s symptoms may be minor, the impact on people, specifically Black individuals, with asthma can be more severe. 

Researchers at the Rollins School of Public Health found that Black people are more likely to visit the emergency room for pollen-related asthma than other demographics. The study looked at pollen data and emergency visits in Atlanta. Black individuals were nearly twice as likely as their white counterparts to be discovered in hospitals, according to experts. Several elements, including location, public transportation, air quality and other environmental factors, contribute to higher exposure rates.

As the climate changes in preparation for summer, here are lifestyle changes to help combat seasonal allergies.

Avoid High Pollen Days

Warmer months call for spending time outside and enjoying all that nature has to offer. Although getting fresh air may seem like a good idea, it can wreak havoc on the body for the remainder of the day. Consider checking the weather forecast to see what the pollen count is to limit exposure.This can be done by doing a quick Google search, tuning into a local news station or using the weather app.

These reports show if there is a low, medium or high amount of pollen in the air. Staying indoors on the higher pollen count days helps prevent triggering asthma and allergy symptoms. If staying inside isn’t an option, there are other actions to reduce its impact. Wearing a mask with sunglasses, taking over-the-counter allergy medications and staying outside for a short period can make a difference.

Invest in an Air Purifier

An air purifier is a portable device that filters unwanted particles, such as pollen and dust, and circulates clean air in a room. These devices are game changers because they can regulate better air quality. Even with keeping windows shut, allergens can still find their way inside a space. An air purifier catches lingering particles that are harder to eliminate. 

Switch Your Shower Routine

If you enjoy morning showers, changing your shower schedule in spring and summer reduces carrying pollen into the bedroom. Allergen symptoms are worse at night and showering before bed limits exposure to pollen while asleep. Cleansing the body of pollen from the skin, hair, nostrils and other areas results in a better night’s rest.