As the snow starts to melt away and the layers come off, a new adversary comes to wreck havoc on our daily lives. While the flourishing trees and blooming flowers are easy on the eyes, they can be absolute hell on the nose. Hay fever or seasonal allergic rhinitis is most prevalent from March to October, when pollen levels are at their highest. Nasty, irritating pollen hitch rides on that nice spring breeze we all enjoy and right into your sensitive nose. If you’re sensitive to what’s in the air, you are all too familiar with the runny nose, constant sneezing, and itchy eyes that come with spring. Here are a few tips to curb your allergies before they happen.

KNOW YOUR ENEMY

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What are you allergic to? From dander to mold, there are many different types of substances that can trigger your allergies. Learning more about what exactly makes you tick will help you figure out the best way to control your environment. On the topic of pollen, there are actually different types of pollen from different types of plants and organisms: trees, weeds, grass, and mold. Different plants bloom in different seasons. If you have symptoms in springtime, then you are most likely allergic to pollen from oak, birch, hickory, or even grass. If you have symptoms in fall or summer, you are most likely allergic to ragweed. If you’re extremely sensitive to pollen, avoid wooded areas. You can admire nature at a distance.

 

#ALLTHEFILTERS

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Keep your windows closed! Yes –everybody loves the unique and fresh fragrance of spring, but some things must be sacrificed for the sake of your poor sinuses. Turn on your A/C when you’re home and set it to recirculate the air. Clean your air filters frequently to ensure you’re not letting any pollen into your home. To ensure the humidity doesn’t ruin your home and your health, invest in a dehumidifier to battle mold and spores.

 

SNEEZECAST

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This should be a no-brainer for any seasoned allergy sufferer but you should check the forecast before you go out. Hot, dry, and windy days are when pollen counts are generally the highest. What time you go out should also be considered when planning your day. Pollen counts are generally highest in the morning, from 5 am to 10 am, and dusk so try and limit your jogs to the afternoon or nighttime. Different types of plants have higher pollen levels at different times or seasons.

 

WASH, WASH, WASH

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Don’t let hay fever get the best of you! It’s been a long hard winter so we hope you’ll stay active this season and soak up as much nature as possible. The key to not bringing your worst seasonal enemy to your doorstep is to shower as soon as you get home. Be sure to wash/wipe off any residual pollen found stuck to your clothes and shoes. I personally like to leave my shoes at the door so as not to spread dirt and other nasty things around the house.

 

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A Hong Kong-native with a penchant for good food and drinks, Kelly Lo has always had a love-hate relationship with fitness. In the past, Kelly has backpacked across a good portion of the Nakasendō trail, gone mountain-biking in New Zealand, and white-water rafting in Australia. Now she dabbles in yoga and kickboxing in her new home, New York City. Kelly enjoys writing about her experiences, as well as promoting the Fitness Luxe mission of health and happiness.