SPRING IS HERE! WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT YOUR ALLERGIES?
After an unusually bitter winter hit many areas in the U.S. this past year, it’s a welcome relief to see the first hints of spring coming early. Unfortunately for some, that also means those dreaded spring allergies will be making their grand entrance earlier than usual.
We would like to share some tips on avoiding allergy symptoms with you; before we do that, let’s talk about what causes allergies.
What Causes Allergies
A number of factors can contribute to what are commonly known as “seasonal allergies.” One of the main culprits, particularly in the spring and summer months, is pollen from weeds, grass and trees; in the fall, ragweed is the most common allergen.
There are other causes for allergies that have nothing to do with the seasons. These are allergens that can be found year-round and can therefore become a nuisance whether it’s summer or winter. These include mold, animal dander, and dust.
What are the Symptoms of Allergies
Allergies are most commonly characterized by the following symptoms:
RUNNY OR STUFFY NOSE
ITCHY, WATERY EYES
While anything can trigger allergies, there are some things that can worsen allergy symptoms, such as aerosol sprays, air pollution, cold temperatures, humidity, and tobacco smoke.
How to Cope with Your Allergies
Believe it or not, there are actually quite a few things that you can do to cope with allergies, and in some cases, avoid allergy symptoms altogether, depending on what the allergen is:
IF IT’S POLLEN: Showering or bathing before going to bed in order to wash off all of the pollen and other allergens in your skin will help you steer clear of the allergy bug. Keep windows and doors closed at all times to prevent allergens from sneaking into your home.
IF IT’S MOLD: Mold frequents areas that are musky and damp. Clean your bathrooms frequently including your shower curtains, bathroom windows, and your walls. Make sure you also clean any damp walls and indoor trash cans. Use fans indoors, especially in the bathroom, to increase air movement and help prevent mold. Don’t put carpets or leave damp rugs in bathrooms or other damp rooms. Finally, reducing humidity in your house to 50% or less can help you stay away from those spring allergies you hate so much.
How to Treat Allergies
Fortunately, allergy sufferers don’t have to live with constant flare-ups of allergy symptoms anymore. Doctors can prescribe treatments for allergies that can provide both immediate relief as well as a long-term preventative measures against symptoms.
We at CareNow are here to help you cope with allergy symptoms year-round. Visit us at www.carenow.com to find a CareNow medical center near you.