The change from one season to the next has a way of sneaking up on most people, making it difficult to adequately prepare for the seasonal allergy issues so many begin to experience each year at the onset of the spring season. Obviously, advance planning and a visit to the allergist should be at the core of every approach to managing allergy season, but it is still possible to effectively manage peak allergy season by considering each of the following tips:

• Set aside time for spring cleaning

• Dress appropriately

• Start watching out for pollen levels

• Maintain a pollen-free home

• Switch out the A/C filter

• Consider the benefits of healthy dietary changes

Incorporating these simple strategies will go a long way toward ensuring an enjoyable spring season in which the overall impact of allergies is mitigated to the greatest degree possible.

Spring Cleaning and Maintaining an Allergen-Free Home

Taking the time to give your home a thorough cleaning prior to the onset of spring allergy season will clear out any lingering dust or pollen, thereby ensuring you have a comfortable refuge from the allergy-inducing environment that exists outside the home. When peak allergy season arrives, it will then be easier to keep your home free from allergens by simply cleaning regularly, keeping the windows closed, and changing the air conditioning filter when appropriate.

Dress Appropriately and Track Pollen Levels

Wearing a hat and sunglasses during the warm weather of spring limits the amount of pollen your eyes are exposed to, thereby limiting the eye-irritating issues allergy sufferers must often endure. UV-blocking lenses and a wide-brimmed hat can also help limit potentially damaging sun exposure. It is likewise important to keep track of daily pollen levels so you can avoid the peak times of the day for allergens or at least have the opportunity to take additional preventive measures if those times of day are unavoidable for some reason.

Consider Dietary Changes

Through positive dietary changes featuring an increased intake of fruits, vegetables, and certain types of tea, you can naturally combat allergy-related issues. Allergens cause inflammation, and most fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that naturally reduce the inflammation you would otherwise experience. Several varieties of teas — green tea is perhaps the most readily available — feature antihistamines capable of combating many of the adverse effects of allergies.

Along with a visit to your allergist, the simple measures outlined above can help you focus on enjoying the change in seasons while spending more time outside free from concerns or worries over the increased prevalence of any airborne allergens.