You can hear the sniffling and sneezing all over. We're only three days into spring and allergy sufferers are ready to wave the white flag.
The pollen count broke a record Monday at over 8,000. That record was shattered on Tuesday with a count of 9,369. And with only a slight chance of rain not coming until the weekend, meteorologists do not see any relief in the near future.
So what's an allergy sufferer to do?
- Leave the windows up in the car and down in the home, even on nice days like we've been seeing lately. Use the air conditioner instead.
- Take baths and change your clothes if you've spent a lot of time outside to wash off the pollen. Wash your hands and your face often if you can't take a bath.
- Wash pets after they've come in from outside. They've been rolling in the allergens while playing in the yard or walking through the park.
- Over the counter medications like Claritin and Zyrtec work well. Take those if you have symptoms and need relief.
- If the OTC medications don't work, see a doctor. An allergist can prescribe a steroid nasal spray or allergy shots.
Do you have tips to help allergy sufferers? Leave them in the comments section below.