For our local Eugene residents, we all know that once spring rolls around, so does allergy season. Eugene residents suffer even more because of our grass pollen count. Grass seed is Oregon’s 5th largest crop, and there are days where Eugene’s pollen count can be the highest in the entire country. Nationwide, the Eugene area is ranked one of the worst for allergies and pollen count.
Now, it may not be completely avoidable, but there are ways to help prevent the intensity of these allergies.
Anytime you can, try to avoid your exposure to the outdoors when the air is this and. If you do have to go out, it is recommended to wear a face-covering (which we are all used to at this point anyway), sunglasses/glasses, hats, and long sleeves and pants.
Even if it is nice out, windows should be kept closed and instead, fans and AC should be used to cool down the house.
Allergy season is a great time for spring cleaning. This is the perfect time to change out air filters, vacuum more often, and wipe down any surfaces. It is also important to change out of clothes right away after being exposed to the outdoors so that none of the pollen comes into the house.
It is also important to keep clutter to a minimum to avoid any build-up of dust.
Boost your immune system
Gut health is a big determining factor in how your immune system reacts to allergies. There are certain foods that have been shown to help manage allergies, like omega-3 fatty acids, fish, nuts/seeds, and green leafy vegetables.
Wash your hands often. This has also become normal, but it is important in order to avoid any other illness that could weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to allergies.
Excercise a few days a week. If the air is bad outside, we have a full workout facility at our clinic that patients’ can use with their strength coach or their physical therapist.
Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. It is important that the body has time to rest and recover, and sleep is the best time to do that.
Talk to your doctor if you have worsening symptoms.