Whether you’re looking forward to the warmer temperatures, or loathing their arrival, one thing’s for sure — allergy season is nigh. Here’s how to survive!

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology one in five people have a seasonal allergy of some kind. For some, seasonal allergies are a year round affliction, for others they’re, well, seasonal. No matter which category you fit into, here are a few tips from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology that I follow to make allergy season tolerable.

Birding Through Allergy Season

White-throated Sparrow. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.
White-throated Sparrow. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

1. See a Doctor

See a doctor, more specifically an Allergist. An Allergist is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of asthma and allergies.

An Allergist isolates particular allergic triggers and develops a plan on how to manage triggers and their symptoms. This is very helpful especially if you spend a considerable amount of time outdoors and if you’re a birder, you do!

Find a local Allergist, here.

2. Check the Forecast

Don’t just check the bird forecast, or the weather forecast, check the allergy forecast, daily.

Horned Lark. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.
Horned Lark. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

Regardless of what seasonal allergy afflicts you, it would be wise to know what the experts are predicting, especially if you’re planning to be out birding.

Planning ahead means you’ll be better prepared!

Check the Allergy Forecast in your area, here.

3. Windows Up

Keep the windows in your car up, while driving to your birding location. Yeah, that’s no fun, but neither is having allergy triggering pollen whipping around your face!

Apply the same idea at home. Keep your windows closed and use air conditioning to keep cool on warm days.

4. Shower Power

Shower after birding. By showering, you’ll remove the pollen that collected on your hair, skin, and clothes throughout the day.

5. Cover Up

Use an allergy mask. TheAmerican College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology recommends using a NIOSH-rated 95 filter mask. It works by filtering the air you breath down to the micron level, thus filtering out some of the pollen.

If you’re out birding in warm weather, or hiking, the masks get hot and will limit your air intake. That means you’ll have to remove it.

More Tips

Know when allergy season starts and when the pollen counts will be at their highest. For example, during spring and summer, pollen counts for grasses and trees are highest in the evening, while in the fall, counts for ragweed are highest in the morning.

Being prepared for the season is good strategy, but the best way to manage allergy season is to be in touch with your healthcare provider and follow doctor’s orders.

How do you cope with allergy season?

Originally posted on AnimalPerspectives.

Posted by:Animal Perspectives

Science writer with interest in the areas of ornithology and environmental science. With nearly a decade of experience as a technical writer and four years of experience as a science writer/blogger, AnimalPerspectives.Com was created with the belief that scientific information should be presented to the public in an easy to access format — information is for the many. O holds a B.A. and M.A. in world English literature and is currently earning an advanced degree in Environmental Biology. She maintains 71 bird nesting boxes for a local organic farm in Maryland, works with birds of prey at a raptor rehabilitation center, and birds daily. She is also an amateur nature photographer.

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