Whether you’re looking forward to the warmer temperatures, or loathing their arrival, one thing’s for sure — allergy season is nigh. Here’s how to survive!
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology one in five people have a seasonal allergy of some kind. For some, seasonal allergies are a year round affliction, for others they’re, well, seasonal. No matter which category you fit into, here are a few tips from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology that I follow to make allergy season tolerable.
Birding Through Allergy Season
1. See a Doctor
See a doctor, more specifically an Allergist. An Allergist is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of asthma and allergies.
An Allergist isolates particular allergic triggers and develops a plan on how to manage triggers and their symptoms. This is very helpful especially if you spend a considerable amount of time outdoors and if you’re a birder, you do!
Find a local Allergist, here.
2. Check the Forecast
Don’t just check the bird forecast, or the weather forecast, check the allergy forecast, daily.
Regardless of what seasonal allergy afflicts you, it would be wise to know what the experts are predicting, especially if you’re planning to be out birding.
Planning ahead means you’ll be better prepared!
Check the Allergy Forecast in your area, here.
3. Windows Up
Keep the windows in your car up, while driving to your birding location. Yeah, that’s no fun, but neither is having allergy triggering pollen whipping around your face!
Apply the same idea at home. Keep your windows closed and use air conditioning to keep cool on warm days.
4. Shower Power
Shower after birding. By showering, you’ll remove the pollen that collected on your hair, skin, and clothes throughout the day.
5. Cover Up
Use an allergy mask. TheAmerican College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology recommends using a NIOSH-rated 95 filter mask. It works by filtering the air you breath down to the micron level, thus filtering out some of the pollen.
If you’re out birding in warm weather, or hiking, the masks get hot and will limit your air intake. That means you’ll have to remove it.
Know when allergy season starts and when the pollen counts will be at their highest. For example, during spring and summer, pollen counts for grasses and trees are highest in the evening, while in the fall, counts for ragweed are highest in the morning.
Being prepared for the season is good strategy, but the best way to manage allergy season is to be in touch with your healthcare provider and follow doctor’s orders.
How do you cope with allergy season?