More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. In fact, allergies are one of the most common causes of chronic illness.
Allergies tend to be worse during pollen season. Allergies can range from annoying to life-threatening.
But you don't have to suffer. Keep reading for our top 5 tips for dealing with allergies this pollen season.
Avoid Pollen Season Triggers
Knowing what to avoid can help you keep allergy symptoms in check. If you don't know your triggers, consider having allergy testing done.
If your allergies tend to occur during pollen season, there are some things you can do to avoid high pollen levels like staying inside when it's dry and windy and avoiding gardening activities that stir up pollen. When you come in from outdoors, change your clothes and take a shower. Avoid doing laundry outside and if you must do outdoor work, wear a pollen mask.
Keep an Eye on Pollen Counts
Many people experience flares in their allergy symptoms during pollen season. Fortunately, it's easy to monitor pollen levels and take preventative action to keep allergies at bay.
Check your local weather source for information about each day's pollen levels. On days with high forecasted levels, take allergy medications ahead of time, keep doors and windows closed, and avoid outdoor activity, especially in the early morning.
Maintain Indoor Air Quality
While you might associate allergies during pollen season with breathing in the air outdoors, the truth is that the air you breathe in your own home is just as important. You should use a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) for optimal air quality.
Be sure to follow maintenance schedules for changing filters to keep them working properly. Using the air conditioning in your home and car can help with allergies as can using a dehumidifier.
Use a Saline Solution
Rinsing your sinuses with a saline solution is a safe, easy, and affordable way to relieve congestion from allergies. Rinsing your sinuses flushes out allergens and mucus.
You can find products designed for nasal rinsing, like neti pots and squeeze bottles at your local pharmacy.
Try Over the Counter Medications
There are a number of medications that can be purchased over the counter that can help relieve allergy symptoms. These include oral antihistamines, oral decongestants, nasal sprays, and combination medications that contain both an antihistamine and a decongestant.
You should always talk to your doctor before starting or stopping any medications. Your pharmacist is also a good resource for any questions you may have about these medications.
Are You Having a Rough Pollen Season?
If you're suffering from allergies during pollen season or any time of the year and home remedies aren't enough, your family doctor can help you find relief. Allergies are a common nuisance, but you don't have to suffer with them.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our primary care providers. We can help you get your allergies under control.