The warm weather has arrived; the trees are in bloom, pollen is in the air, which means allergy season is already here.
If you greet the spring season every year with a runny nose, itchy eyes and cough, it’s time for you to look into tricks to help you cope with your symptoms better. It’s always helpful to have a game plan, and get ahead of this before the symptoms start bothering you.
Treat allergies early
Start your allergy medications early. It takes time for them to work and calm down the immune response. Pollen starts filling the air as soon as the weather gets a little warmer.
Over-the-counter allergy medications
Three main kinds of over-the-counter (OTC) medications are available to control seasonal allergies: topical nasal sprays- inhaled corticosteroids and antihistamines; oral antihistamines; and decongestants. Talk to your doctor first to see what would be a good choice for your symptoms.
A Neti pot can be effective in minimizing seasonal allergy symptoms by rinsing out the sinuses.
Control your environment
If you’re going to be working outside, consider wearing a protective allergy face mask for tasks like mowing the grass, raking leaves, or washing the car. Washing your hair and showering every night helps you to get rid of all the collected pollen on your body or hair during the day.
Seek care from an allergy specialist
If your current medications are not working, it may be time to visit an allergist. A board-certified allergist will help you determine precisely what you’re allergic to and help discuss appropriate treatment options.
You don’t have to be miserable because of your allergies. Welcome Spring and enjoy the outdoors!