Sneeze Season

Rachel Ramblesby Rachel Haywood

Rachel Rambles
by Rachel Haywood

Springtime is already here, contrary to the weather, but that means allergy season is nearing full bloom. Pollen irritates the eyes and noses of many Northrop students and faculty, so here’s a few quick tips to help those who suffer make the most of this beautiful, bright season.

1. Find an allergy medicine that works for you and you specifically. Take it as often as prescribed to avoid the sneezing and sniffling that causes you discomfort. Some medicines may not fully prevent the itchy, watery eyes and runny nose in more unstable conditions, so it’s important to search for the solution that is right for you. No one likes sneezing, or being sneezed on. Also, make sure to pay attention to when your allergies seem to be at their best and worst. Noticing a pattern may help you find a better solution.

2. If you are one of those people who sniffle and cry at various times throughout the day (indoor or outdoor), carry tissues in your pocket or purse to stifle those surprise attacks. This also helps when you’re in a room that does not have tissues available. There should be plenty of opportunities to grab extras when you run out, so don’t stash your used tissues that are covered in germs and bacteria.

3. To further prevent the spread of germs and bacteria between you and your surroundings, sanitize your hands often. To kill the germs, spend about $1 on a small travel size bottle of Germ X hand sanitizer. Those gels from Bath and Body Works smell great, but they don’t work as efficiently. If you can’t disinfect your hands after every sneeze and nose blow, wash your hands periodically throughout the day. Hot or very warm water and soap are important elements to healthy hand washing.

4. Outdoor allergy suffers should pay close attention to their surroundings. Pollen and ragweed blow around in the breeze and can attach to your clothing. If you choose not to take your allergy medicine every day, at least take it when you know you are going to be outside for an extended amount of time. Wash your clothes thoroughly after outdoor activities, and your hands to prevent the pollen from getting in your mouth and eyes.

5. Those who suffer from indoor allergies should keep their homes clean. Dust and mold are two of the most common allergens found in the home environment. Avoid storing commonly used household items in small, dark, damp spaces that can grow mold, like basements or crawl spaces. Mold can also grow on the walls, so it’s a good idea to scrub your walls before doing any sort of painting. Dust accumulates on just about every surface in the house, so it’s important to dust often. Don’t bother buying feather dusters because those don’t actually pick up dirt and dust. Swiffer dusters grab the dust in their fibers. There are also cleaning sprays with light fragrances to keep your home smelling fresh. Your ventilation system should be regularly checked to ensure its cleanliness, and before you turn on a fan or air system, dust it off so the dirt won’t travel to the air your breathe.

As of March 20th, spring has sprung and soon the hallways will be filled with sneezes and sniffles. The flowers will bloom once the warm weather decides to show up, so the pollen will make its way into the air. I hope these tips can help you and those near you enjoy the spring a little more this year.

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