Spring. The trees bud, the flowers bloom and the grasses flourish. But for 60 million Americans, our beautiful, burgeoning landscape brings a host of misery, including sneezing, sore throat, and watery eyes.

There are a wealth of both over-the-counter and prescription medications available to ease allergy misery. However, these medications may not succeed in getting rid of all your symptoms. Here are five lifestyle tips to help ensure a clear-eyed and sneeze-free spring is yours to enjoy.

  • Wash and change your clothes

You’ll suffer fewer sniffles if you shower and change into clean clothes at the end of the day or after a long stretch of outdoor activity. Pollen likes to hang onto our bodies and our clothing. 

  • Limit Pollen Exposure 

Every little bit helps when the air is hazy with pollen, keep the windows closed at home, and avoid the outdoors at midday to afternoon when pollen levels are at their highest.

  • Give your home a thorough spring cleaning.

 To reduce indoor allergen exposure, keep pets off the bed (dust mites are attracted to pet dander), vacuum often, set air conditioners to “recirculate”, keep the windows closed.

  • Replace AC Vents

Not only will it make your AC unit more efficient, it’ll also circulate tainted air throughout your home.

  • Wear glasses or sunglasses when outdoors

Covering your eyes keeps pollen and other irritants away from this sensitive area, which reduces itchiness and redness.