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Allergy Survival Guide: Tips For Enjoying Memorial Day Weekend

Allergy Survival Guide: Tips For Enjoying Memorial Day Weekend

Written by:
Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
After graduating from UC Berkeley, Shuba completed medical school at Duke University, earning her MPH in tandem at UNC. After a research fellowship at the NIH, Shuba completed her residency at Stanford, then fellowship in allergy-immunology at Boston Childrens/Harvard.

Shuba returned to the Bay Area to join Dr. Bocian at a large multi-speciality health system where she helped lead an allergy practice. She cofounded Allermi to make expert allergy care more accessible for all.

Memorial Day Weekend Allergy Survival Guide

Memorial Day weekend is a time of outdoor fun, barbecues, and relaxation, but for allergy sufferers, it can also bring a host of challenges. Seasonal allergies can put a damper on your plans if you're not prepared. However, with some proactive measures and planning, you can still enjoy your holiday weekend to the fullest. Here are 5 essential tips to help you manage your allergies during this Memorial Day weekend.

Tips to help manage your allergies during Memorial Day Weekend:


Stay Informed about Pollen Levels

Pollen is a common trigger for seasonal allergies, and knowing the pollen levels in your area can help you plan your activities accordingly. Check the daily pollen forecast, which is usually available on weather websites or local news stations. If the pollen count is high, consider modifying your plans by opting for indoor activities or planning outdoor activities during times when pollen levels are lower, such as early morning or late evening.

Protect Yourself from Pollen Exposure

When spending time outdoors, taking precautions to reduce pollen exposure is crucial. Consider wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from allergens, as well as a wide-brimmed hat to shield your face. Choose clothing that covers your skin, which can act as a barrier against pollen. It's also a good idea to rinse off and change your clothes after spending time outside to remove any allergens that may have stuck to you.


Create an Allergy Action Plan

Prepare yourself by creating a personalized allergy action plan. Consult an allergist to understand your triggers and develop strategies to manage them. Be sure to have your nasal sprays, on hand and easily accessible. If you are already on allergy shots, make sure you're up to date with your injections. Following your action plan will help you stay ahead of your symptoms and minimize their impact on your holiday weekend.


Optimize Your Indoor Environment

While spending time indoors during Memorial Day weekend may not be your ideal plan, it can provide relief from allergy triggers. Ensure that your home is an allergy-friendly environment by keeping windows closed to prevent pollen from entering. Use air purifiers equipped with HEPA filters to clean the air and reduce allergens. Regularly dust and vacuum your living spaces, and consider washing bedding in hot water to remove any pollen that may have accumulated.


Be Mindful of Food Allergies

Memorial Day often involves outdoor picnics and barbecues, which can present challenges if you have food allergies. If you or someone in your group has food allergies, communicate this clearly with the hosts or bring your own food to ensure your safety. Read food labels carefully, and if you're unsure about the ingredients or preparation methods, it's best to avoid those dishes altogether. Be cautious about cross-contamination, especially if you have severe allergies, and consider carrying proper medications, if necessary.

Even for those with allergies, Memorial Day weekend should be a time of enjoyment and relaxation for everyone. By staying informed, planning ahead, protecting yourself from allergens, optimizing your indoor environment, and being mindful of food allergies, you can minimize the impact of allergies and make the most of your holiday weekend. Remember to consult with your healthcare provider or allergist for personalized advice and additional recommendations. With these essential tips, you can embrace the spirit of Memorial Day and create lasting memories while keeping your allergies under control.