Spring Allergy Survival 101

spring allergy tips CVSDisclosure: This is a sponsored post for CVS MinuteClinic. I received a gift card to thank me for my post. As always, all opinions are mind.

Spring has officially arrived here in Nashville and we are spending tons of time outdoors, whether it be on the sidelines cheering my 12-year-old on at a travel soccer tournament or grilling on our back patio. We’ve had a very cool, rainy spring so I have been absolutely overjoyed with the gorgeous weather that is finally here and I am spending as much time outdoors as I can.

I’ve never really suffered from year round allergies, thank goodness, but I always get itchy, watery eyes once everything is in bloom, especially the Bradford Pear trees near my office. The past few weeks my eyes have been extremely dry and irritated, a sure sign that the pollen count is high. I’ve bee taking Alavert and using eye drops specifically made to help contact lens wearers combat dry, itchy eyes.

The national Asthma and Allergy Foundation released its annual list of the Top 10 worst cities for allergies a couple of years ago and three Tennessee cities – Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Memphis – all made the top 10 list. When I walk out and see my car covered in a blanket of pollen I’m not surprised (although I’m surprised that Nashville didn’t make the top 10 list!)

Whether you are new to Middle Tennessee, or a native Nashvillian like me, here are some great tips from CVS Minute Clinc to help you survive spring allergy season.

  • Did you know hair gel could be a pollen magnet? Skip the sticky stuff during allergy season for a little extra relief.
  • Avoid window fans! While convenient, they tend to bring in unwanted pollens or mold spores.
  • Pull out the shades! Sunglasses protect your eyes from pollen, while keepingĀ  you looking stylish at the same time.
  • Fall asleep on clean sheets. Wash your bedding every two weeks to help ease allergy symptoms.
  • Shake it off! Before coming inside, rid your clothes of pollen with a good shake.

And here’s one of my tips – don’t air dry your clothes outdoors when the pollen count is high. I have a handy, compact wooden clothes drying rack I use to air dry nicer, delicate items and swimsuits but during spring allergy season I won’t hang out things to dry. Every time I look at the pollen covering cars in our neighborhood I know I’ve made the right decision.

As a busy mom with busier kids on the go, I don’t always have time to schedule an appointment with our pediatrician. CVS MinuteClinic has a staff of nurse practitioners and physicians assistants that can recommend the right over-the-counter medications and write prescriptions when medically appropriate. Check out all the MinuteClinic locations to see if there is a convenient location near you!


  1. Shaunacey says:

    great tips! My husband has terrible allergies this time of year.
    I was told by someone that if you eat local honey leading up to this time of the year it helps with allergies. I can’t remember the exact science behind it, but if you like honey it might be worth a shot!

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