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Spring is a beautiful time of the year. However, allergy sufferers will not be thrilled with all the pollen. Knowing the answer to “When does allergy season start?” and how to minimize your exposure to allergens will help you avoid the most frustrating allergy symptoms.

Change Your Air Filter

Your air conditioner’s filter can remove a lot of pollen from your home’s air.[1] Be sure to change the filter every month. On days the pollen count is high, using your air conditioner instead of opening windows will help you with preparing for spring allergies.

Watch the Pollen Counts

Another part of how to get ready for allergy season involves watching the local pollen forecast.[2] You can find this information online. Many websites offer customized pollen counts for each ZIP code. Local weather forecasts also usually include pollen and air quality information.

Go Outdoors With Caution

If you’re planning to spend time outdoors, you’ll need to know when to start antihistamines. Short-acting antihistamines, such as Benadryl, can be used a few minutes before you go outside. Brevard Health Alliance’s providers can recommend allergy medications. When you come in from spending time outdoors, put your clothes directly into the washing machine and take a shower. Showering removes the pollen from your skin and hair.[3]

By knowing when to start antihistamines and following these simple tips, you’ll be able to manage your allergy symptoms. If your usual over-the-counter allergy medication isn’t helping, Brevard Health Alliance providers can help manage your allergies. To schedule an appointment, contact us today.





Man suffering from allergy