The unusually warm weather we had a couple of weeks ago made trees and flowers shift into overdrive, giving us an early glimpse of spring—and allergy season. Seasonal allergies are a big problem for folks of all ages. While talking to your primary care doctor in Rock Hill, SC is always a good first step, there are other important things you can do to limit the sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes that come along with seasonal allergies. In fact, following some simple practices around your home can keep your allergy symptoms from becoming worse. Here are some tips from the primary care physicians near you at Riverview Medical Center.

Pollen doesn’t stay outdoors. Think about all the pollen that collects on your cars and outdoor furniture. It also collects on sidewalks, patios, and grass. As you move from the outdoors to the indoors, pollen travels with you. Remove your shoes as soon as you go inside to minimize the amount of pollen you track onto your carpets and floors.

Clean frequently. We all hear about spring cleaning. But instead of doing one big cleanup at the beginning of the season, clean more frequently. This allows you to get rid of pollen as it comes into your home. Mop, sweep, and vacuum your floors regularly. Launder linens (especially sheets) more than you typically would.

Change your air filters. The air filters in your home work with your heating and air conditioning system. They catch pollutants like pollen and keep them out of your indoor air. But a dirty air filter won’t do you any good. Replace your filters according to the manufacturer’s instructions so you can breathe easier.

If you’ve tried everything but still can’t shake your seasonal allergy symptoms, it’s time to call a doctor. The primary care physicians near you at Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill, SC can help. Make an appointment or visit our urgent care.