Although many people wait impatiently for the cold and freezing precipitation associated winter to fade gently into memory, there are just as many others who dread the return of spring and its many allergens. It is possible to survive allergy season and emerge on the other side relatively unscathed by following a few simple tips.
Heed Pollen Alerts
Since the number of people who suffer from allergies is on the rise, many of the world’s major weather information providers have decided to alert their viewers or readers when pollen and allergen levels are high. It is true that there are just as many pollutants indoors as there are out, but those with allergies generally work very hard to create a dust- and pollen-free environment within their homes that they can escape to in times of need. If the pollen levels are very high, persons with allergies are encouraged to stay indoors as much as possible until the pollen level has reduced. If going outside cannot be avoided, be sure to take an allergy medication at least two hours before venturing outdoors.
There are several new medicines that have made their way onto drug and department store shelves over the last few years and these can do wonders for anyone suffering from seasonal allergies. These medications do not stop allergies altogether; instead, they work to stop a substance called histamine from triggering severe allergy symptoms such as runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing and sinus congestion.
While these medications are far from perfect, many of them are non-drowsy and can provide enough relief to allow allergy sufferers to get on with their days relatively symptom-free. Clinical studies have found that these medications can be safely used in children as young as two years old.
Wash Up After Going Outdoors
It is likely that going outdoors is something that allergy sufferers will not be able to completely avoid—even on the worst days.
After being outdoors for any length of time, it may benefit those with allergies to thoroughly wash their hands and faces as well as change their clothes. When pollen levels are high, these miniscule particles that wreak so much havoc on the immune systems of many can cling to clothing and skin for hours. The proper removal of the pollen particles can greatly reduce the number of allergy-related symptoms that people experience and lead to an overall better day—something that people without allergies often take for granted.
People who have severe seasonal allergies and those who do not get adequate relief from over-the-counter or even prescription allergy medications are often surprised to learn that there are more treatment options available to them.
Weekly allergy shots are a great defense against the symptoms associated with allergies and can be administered by nearly any clinic on an outpatient basis. In order to get a prescription for these shots, patients are usually required to visit a physician who specializes in treating allergies. Once the prescription has been obtained, patients can visit their local allergy clinics or general practitioners in order to receive their injections.
Surviving the allergy season is certainly possible with the right information and help from a knowledgeable physician. If allergy symptoms become severe, it is very important for the people experiencing them to visit a doctor or seek medical care quickly. Spring is a time of rebirth and beauty that no one should be forced to miss because of allergies.