What a beautiful morning it was to view the 747 piggybacking the Spaceshuttle Endeavor over downtown Austin early today. Thanks to our reporter Angie Bevin for this great shot!
Get ready to sneeze and sniffle! Pollen counts are climbing once again, after last weekend’s rainfall washed much of it out of the air. Here are some tips from webmd to battle the itchy nose and eyes:
1. Know Your Pollen Count
2. Plan Outdoor Time Wisely
Most plants pollinate from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., says Miguel P. Wolbert, MD, an allergist in Evansville, Ind. Wolbert is certified in pollen counting for the National Allergy Bureau. “If you are outside then, going for a jog, you pick up the pollen on your hair, face, and clothes,” he says.
3. Protect Yourself From Pollen When You Go Outdoors
“If you have bad pollen allergies and you are the one who has to do the yard work, wearing a mask is a good idea”
4. Keep Pollen From Following You Into the House
As soon as you arrive home — even if you’ve just been in the backyard — change your clothes and take a shower to rid your body of as much pollen as possible, Leftwich says.
Don’t forget your hair, especially if it is long, Leftwich says. “Just rinsing your hair would do.”
5. Treat Your Pollen Allergies
A variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications can help your allergy symptoms such as runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, and coughing.
6. Take an Allergy Vacation!!
If pollen still drags you down after taking all the six steps above, consider taking an allergy vacation.
When pollen season is in full swing, take a trip to an area less affected by pollen, such as the beach or the seashore nearest to your hometown. Relax! You deserve it.