Top five ways to avoid allergies this spring

Allergies can be a serious problem for people as the snow melts. Here are some strategies to stop the sniffles.
Most people in the province are happy to see the snow leaving us, but for allergy sufferers, this is the start of a long, sniffly season. (David Shield, CBC)

The snow seems to be finally melting across the province, but for allergy sufferers, or people with lung conditions, it can be the beginning of a season of sniffles.

Snow mould can cause everything from runny noses to breathing problems. We asked the Lung Association of Saskatchewan for some advice:

  • Take your medicine: There are a number of medications to get rid of allergy symptoms these days--both over the counter and available with a prescription. Get advice from a pharmacist or a doctor to see which ones will work for you.

  • Close your windows: Spores from snow mould and pollen can drift through open windows and wreak havoc for allergy sufferers. Keeping your windows closed is a good way to avoid allergens.

  • Avoid outside chores: Didn't have a chance to rake up those leaves before the snow landed? Here's a good excuse to leave them alone. Raking leaves or even shovelling snow can kick up mould spores and set off a reaction.

  • Wear a mask: If you do have to go outside, a simple face mask can filter out most allergens in the air. It may not be fashion forward, but it can be a good short-term solution on particularly bad days.

  • See your doctor: If you're having problems breathing this time of the year, it's probably a good idea to see if you have an underlying condition, like asthma. Symptoms can include tightness in your throat and chest, and general breathing problems.