Spring is an amazingly beautiful time of year. Here in Southern California, it is one of those rare times when our hillsides sport hues of green before they turn golden throughout the long dry summer.

As beautiful as it is, spring is also a major time of the year for seasonal allergies.  All the growth from plants, trees and flowers releases pollen, which for millions of people spells trouble. Itchy, watery eyes. Sneezing. Coughing. Runny nose. Headaches. If you are someone who suffers from allergies, you know this all too well.

While there is no cure for seasonal allergies, there are some things you can do to help minimize the effects and allow you to enjoy the beauty of spring.  Whether you are enjoying Southern California’s beautiful parks, hiking in the nearby mountains, going to a ballgame, visiting your family memorial, or just relaxing in your back yard, the following tips can help maximize your enjoyment of this wonderful season:

  1. If your allergies are very bad, visit your doctor. He or she may suggest you see and allergist for tests
  2. Consider over the counter treatments. There are a number of tablets, drops and sprays on the market that may help. Your doctor may recommend a particular one.
  3. Stay indoors whenever the pollen count is very high—usually in the morning.
  4. Keep windows and doors closed during the spring months to keep allergens out. Consider purchasing an air purifier.
  5. Clean the air filters in your home regularly. Also, clean bookshelves, vents, and other places where pollen can collect.
  6. Wash your hair after going outdoors, as allergens can collect there.
  7. Vacuum your home twice a week. Wear a mask, because vacuuming can kick up pollen trapped in your carpet.

Enjoy the spring and all its beauty!