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Spring has sprung and with the season comes the pollen and the allergies. Although weather patterns and your geographical location can affect the onset and severity, those seasonal allergies have their own special way of creeping up on you when you don’t expect it. Taking a few simple steps in the lead up to spring can help minimise the effects and give you the higher ground in the fight against allergies.

Go Through Your Medicine Cabinet

This can also be a good chance to do a spring clean of your medicine cabinet and get rid of those old tubes of who-knows-what. Go through your medical supplies and see what allergy tablets and creams you have in stock. Be sure to check the date of expiration, and if you have prescriptions, have a look and see how many repeats you have left.

It might even be worth a trip to the doctor to get their advice on what you should/can have on hand to prepare. Visit a doctor in Prahran and book in before the worst of the allergies hit.

Go For The Audrey Hepburn Look

Wearing sunglasses with a good coverage over your eyes will help limit the amount of pollen that gets into them. A wide-brimmed hat can also be useful. Plus, the sunglasses will help protect your eyes against UV light, and if you invest in a decent pair, they will also make you look cool during spring (even if your underlying eyes are red and puffy).

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants which help reduce inflammation. The best foods to go for that contain anti-inflammatory properties are spinach, celery, beetroot, broccoli, and blueberries, and if you can eat them raw, then you will absorb more of the benefits. A great way to get a thorough serving of fruits and veggies is through smoothies and Nutribullet shakes; you can throw all of these ingredients into a shake with a banana, some water and almond milk and you have a super healthy start to the day.

Keep the Car Windows Up

When you’re cruising through the streets during spring, avoid the temptation to put the windows down (or the roof if you’re cool enough to have a sports car), and instead go for the air conditioning. Having the windows down in your car will enable every tree and flower that you pass to pollinate you and work your allergies into a frenzy.

Keep Your House Clean

This is probably a good idea year-round anyway, but it’s even more important during allergy season to do weekly or bi-weekly cleansincluding vacuums and surface wipe downs to minimise the amount of dust and pollen inside your house while also keeping the mould away. Getting mattress and pillow protectors that guard against dust mites and other allergens is also going to help you get a better night’s sleep and wake up feeling rested.

Time Your Outdoor Activities

Not with a stopwatch, although you can do that too if you like, plan your outdoor activities to minimise being outside during peak pollen times such as early to mid-morning. This might mean skipping your morning run and staying in bed instead (as if you needed any motivation to do that), pollen counts tend to be higher in the morning.

Hot, dry days are also going to have a greater amount of pollen in the air than damp, rainy days so take extra care when the wind is blowing hot, so take your antihistamines when deciding to venture out into the world.

It also helps to prepare yourself mentally for the onset, knowing that this time will pass relatively quickly and that you only have to deal with it for a short period can help you get through some of the worst days.

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