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While for some people, spring is all about revival, warmer days, blooming flowers and balmy breezes, for others, it’s a literal nightmare. Pollen is everywhere and while you can try to avoid it all you want, it usually not a viable option. However, there are some things you can do to prevent your immune system from going into overdrive and putting you out of commission. Here are a few simple tips that will help you survive pollen season.
Before you even think about pollen proofing yourself, you have to know if you’re dealing with seasonal allergies first and foremost. You might be simply be coming down with a seasonal virus masquerading as a full blown allergic reaction.
First of all, monitor your symptoms. One of the easiest ways to tell if you’re dealing with a seasonal allergy is if congestion symptoms last over two weeks. If your mucus is clear and runny, your nose, eyes or the roof of your mouth is itchy or if the symptoms intensify when you’re in contact with pollen, then it’s a definite sign. And if you don’t have any fever or aches, then it’s another sign that it’s not a virus that’s at play.
Most of what you need to combat your seasonal allergies can be found right over the counter. Antihistamines will be your best friend in this case and will prevent histamines and all the unpleasantness that comes with them from affecting you. But be careful with nasal sprays, some of them are habit forming and may make matters worse.
In some cases, though, OTC medication might not be enough, so you’ll have to consult an allergist for some stronger, non-sedating, medication. Or you might want to try immunotherapy if symptoms are too severe or if you want a more long-lasting solution.
Your clothes become pollen carriers when you go out and it would be wise to take them off and quarantine them if you don’t want to drag these allergens inside. Take your shoes off outside and throw your outdoor clothes straight in the hamper. Take a nice shower at night to make sure that your hair and body is clean of any remaining pollen. And if you have furry friends, make sure that they clean their paws before they come inside; their feet can be powerful carriers as well.
If you feel like you need stronger treatment for your allergies or if the symptoms are just too much to bare, we strongly suggest that you talk with an allergist for help. If you want more information on seasonal allergies, contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best allergist in New York City.