Spring is here! We greet it with joy after a long winter we all anticipate the warmer weather, chirpier birds, and blooming flowers. But for one in four Americans, spring also heralds seasonal allergies, an immune system response that turns sufferers into congested, itchy sneeze machines. This time of year is beautiful, but pollen and mold spore counts hit all-time highs in certain parts of the country, making people prone to seasonal allergies even more miserable than usual, and even setting off allergies in people who usually don’t get them.
You aren’t helpless in this battle though. Allergies can’t be eradicated, but we can take some measures to avoid it being completely debilitating. For those that have severe allergies, we recommend first going to your physician and taking notes from there, but most of these suggestions are applicable for adults and children alike.
- Is it allergies or are you really sick? It’s important to know what you are treating. If your eyes, nose, and the top of your mouth itch; if your mucus is thin and clear; or if your symptoms seem to get worse after you’re exposed to triggers, such as spending a day at the park or running outside it’s probably allergies. The absence of fever and aches is another clue it’s probably allergies and not a cold or other virus. If you are concerned, always consult your physician.
- Spring clean! Get rid of any of those lingering winter dust bunnies hiding in corners or under beds that could upset your state even further.
- Try over the counter allergy medications. These are subjective to the person, but any temporary relief is worth trying.
- Change clothes when you get home and shower to get rid of any of the allergens that may have followed you into your house.
- Opt for indoor activity when the pollen is really bad. Sure you want to be outside in the newly warm air, but how enjoyable is it if you can’t breath and your nose is running?
- The air conditioner is your friend. Keep the windows and doors closed this spring and summer so you at least have the relief of your home from what’s blowing around outside.
- Try herbal relief. Anything natural is worth trying.
- Eye drops provide temporary, but quick relief.
- Consult your physician, but if you have severe allergies each year, a preventative allergy shot may benefit you.
- Once again eat a balanced diet and exercise. There is no better replacement for your over all health than those two things. It makes fighting any illness much easier to fend off.