As much as I love the spring â€” the newness, greenness and freshness of it all â€” I have to say I am not a fan of the return of allergy season. Funny, because noone in my immediate family has any serious allergies. Why, then, do I dread it so? Well, because I live in Georgia where the pollen count during the height of spring will make even the most hardy among us let out a sneeze or ten.
For the past few years, the pollen has coated Every. Single. Thing. Even us. Being outside for more than a few minutes at a time meant being covered in a fine green film. We’ve had to cover our bikes with a dropcloth to keep them from turning green. Even hosing down a car in the parking lot or power washing the building meant leaving a telltale trail of green pollen running down the street.
Pollen counts in the tens of thousands will make anyone sensitive. Which means that though we’ve never suffered from allergies, both my daughter and I had to keep Zyrtec on hand to avoid itchy, runny eyes and scratchy throats.
Walmart has some great tips for minimizing your allergies this year, including:
- Spring Cleaning: I never really look forward to this, but it must be done. Adding an air purifierÂ blue pure 211 helps too.
- Stock Up: If you know you’re prone to allergic reactions, keep allergy medicine on hand. You’ll be thankful when you can nip the symptoms in the bud before they make you really miserable.
- Get Some Sun: While this may sound counterintuitive, apparently, spending time outside can help reduce the impact of seasonal allergies, as well as colds. Why? Well, Vitamin D, which our bodies produce when exposed to sunshine, may help reduce symptoms.
My own favorite tip for reducing the number of allergens in your home is simple: Take your shoes off at the door. We’ve done this for years, and it helps keep the carpet and floors cleaner, and reduces the amount of dust and allergens you track throughout the house. If, like me, you hate the idea of a pile of shoes at the door, you can set up a simple station with ample room to store shoes. Check out what we did over at Green Your Decor.
And visit Walmart’s Allergies Wellness Center to check the pollen count in your zip code, determine whether your symptoms point to allergies or the flu, and many more resources the help you make it through the minefield that is allergy season.
DISCLOSURE: As a participant in theÂ Walmart MomsÂ Program, Iâ€™ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.