Are you ready for allergy season?

pink cosmos flowerWarmer temperatures are one of spring’s great perks. They allow us to get outdoors, whether for exercise or an afternoon in the garden. Yet with warmer weather often comes itchy eyes, runny noses and scratchy throats.

The good news is that a few simple precautions can help you enjoy the great outdoors without suffering as much from allergies.

Did you know that the pollen counts vary depending on the time of the day? Outdoor exercise at pre-dawn, late afternoon or early evening is best because pollen counts are lowest at those times, notes the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Next, pay attention to pollen levels using media as a guide. Numerous websites list this information, which can alert you to times it might be best to stay indoors. Additionally, weather forecasts from local TV or radio outlets will notify you when conditions are windy, which can aggravate seasonal allergies.

Finally, consult your doctor about taking an over-the-counter allergy medication or whether you need something more tough on allergies that’s available only with a prescription.