Seasonal allergies, such as hay fever, are often caused by exposure to pollen. You can reduce your exposure to pollen by:
Keeping your house and car windows closed.
Limiting the time you spend outside when pollen counts are high (during midday and afternoon).
Wearing a pollen mask or dust mask if you need to mow the lawn.
Limiting your mowing tasks if you can.
Rinsing your eyes with cool water or saline eyedrops to remove clinging pollen after you come indoors.
Taking a shower and changing your clothes after you work or play outside.
How can you treat seasonal allergies at home?
The following home
treatment measures may help relieve your symptoms:
antihistamine, such as Benadryl or Chlor-Trimeton, to
reduce symptoms of itchy, watery eyes; sneezing; or a runny, itchy nose. Be sure
to read and follow any warnings on the label. Don't give antihistamines to your
child unless you've checked with the doctor first.
decongestant, such as Sudafed PE, to relieve a stuffy nose.
Decongestants may not be safe for young children or for people who have certain health problems. Before you use them, check the label. If you do use these medicines, always follow the directions about how much to use based on age and, in some cases, weight.
Clean the inside of
your nose with
salt water to clear a stuffy nose.
If your nose is red and raw
from rubbing, put petroleum jelly on the sore area.
acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin to help relieve pain. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20 because of the risk of a rare
but serious illness called