One of the big ‘pros’ to living in Raleigh is the beautiful weather and flowering trees in the spring and the crisp, warm air in the fall.
If you’ve got a bad case of seasonal allergies from some of the common NC allergens: pollen, mold, dust, weeds, grasses, and trees, you’ll want to use these tips so you can go out and enjoy our beautiful Raleigh seasons!
Are Allergies Bad in North Carolina?
Living in North Carolina can be a literal headache when spring and fall roll around, and you start getting allergy symptoms like brain fog, sneezing, and a runny or stuffy nose.
If you’ve been looking for answers on how to deal with bad seasonal allergies, this is for you.
Here are a few game-changing tips for dealing with seasonal allergies and pollen season in Raleigh, North Carolina.
How to Deal With Seasonal Allergies in Raleigh, NC
1. Pre-season prep.
If you are taking allergy medicine, start taking it a few weeks before seasonal allergies hit to prepare your body for the full-blown allergy season.
2. Go outside AFTER rain.
This will clear pollen and other allergens from the ground and the air.
Avoid being outside on dry, windy days when pollen is endlessly floating around.
Hire someone else to do yard work, lawn mowing, and house cleaning.
Even if you only hire a service during the allergy season, this can greatly reduce your exposure to allergens.
4. Use natural cleaning products around the house.
Harsh chemicals can irritate your nasal passages and make your general allergy symptoms worse.
5. Take off your shoes and change your clothes immediately when you get home.
Every time you leave the house, allergens will cover your clothes, hair, and skin.
Don’t bring it straight into your house by sitting on the couch right away. Change and then settle in at home!
6. Wear a face mask when outside for long periods of time.
Wearing an allergy face mask will block a lot of small particles like pollen.
7. Blow your nose when you get inside.
8. Brush your dogs regularly.
Get the pollen off of them before it gets into your house! And definitely don’t let them sleep in your bed during allergy season.
My sweet little beagle gets bad allergies, and brushing her helps with her allergies, too!
9. Clean and vacuum rugs, carpet, and blankets.
Now’s the time for a good ol’ spring cleaning (or fall cleaning).
10. Shower before you go to sleep.
11. Check for the daily allergy report.
Watch for daily allergy reports using the local TV station or an allergy tracker app on your phone.
12. Clean your bed sheets often.
13. Keep your windows closed.
Avoid breezes that’ll bring in more allergy-causing material into your home.
14. Drink more water.
Adding more liquids doesn’t necessarily prevent or reduce allergies, but it can help move mucus and give you some relief from stuffiness.
And being dehydrated isn’t helping your allergies!
If you use all of these tips on how to cure allergies naturally, you may not stop your allergies immediately, but you can definitely make living in Raleigh, North Carolina a lot easier during high-allergy seasons!
Go see an expert.
Talk to your doctor about treatments like allergy immunotherapy (desensitization through regular injections with tiny amounts of allergens) or get an allergy skin test.
Have you seen our full list of the pros and cons of living in Raleigh, NC?
We go into depth on how to manage living with the cons – just like this article on dealing with seasonal allergies in Raleigh.
‘Cause you know like we do: living in Raleigh is totally worth it.