If you’re among those who might normally be sneezing and coughing your way through the spring and summer, get ahead of those anxiety-ridden and uncomfortable moments by getting to the bottom of what’s causing your allergies before they start.
Check the pollen forecast. Be on top of this, as it can change daily and really affect your symptoms. If you’re planning on exercising, try doing so inside on warm, windy days rather than going for that run.
When you’re outside, protect yourself. Wear sunglasses or a hat; not only do they look good and block the sun, they also help keep pollen off your body and out of your eyes.
Cover up when being active outdoors. If you’re doing activities like cutting the lawn or gardening, put your mask collection to good use and cover your nose and mouth.
Protect yourself from pollen. We carry a lot of pollen into the home with us. Wash your bedding more frequently during spring, summer and fall; keep your windows closed; and remember your pets can track pollen into the house, too.
Find the right product. Your local Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist can be your first line of defense. They can help assess your symptoms and recommend an over-the-counter medication or product. If this isn’t enough to kick your symptoms, your pharmacist can write you a prescription for a medication in all provinces except British Columbia and Ontario. If your symptoms are more severe, pharmacists in these provinces can work with your doctor to make sure you have the right treatment option.