5 Ways to Relieve Your Seasonal Allergies
In the United States, 35 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Through identification of allergic triggers, proper education, and appropriate medical management, you can help prevent bothersome allergy symptoms and minimize complications. Some options for the treatment of allergies include avoidance measures, medications, and allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots).
In the spring and summer, the most common allergens are tree pollen, grass pollen and mold spores. Typical allergy symptoms include coughing, sneezing, nasal congestion, nasal drip, and itchy, watery eyes. If allergies are inadequately managed, this can lead to complications including worsening asthma and sinus infections.
5 tips for relief of your seasonal allergies:
Control Your Environment – If you will be working outside on tasks such as mowing the grass, raking leaves or washing the car, consider wearing a protective face mask.
Check Pollen Counts – Avoid outdoor activity in the morning when pollen counts are highest, usually from 5am to 10am.
Shower More Often – After being outside, take a shower to rinse away pollen that may be clinging to your your skin and hair so you do not increase indoor allergens brought in from outside.
Shut the Windows – Whether at home or in the car, keeping your windows shut is a great way to keep pollen out. Cool your home or car with air conditioning systems instead.
Bathe Your Pets – Pets can bring in pollen on their fur, bathing your pets more often will help reduce the amount of pollen in your home.
An allergist can help you find the source of your suffering and stop it, rather than just treating the symptoms. For relief from your seasonal allergies and to find out which treatment is best for you, contact our Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Department at (630) 545 7833 to schedule an appointment today!