Helpful Tips for Controlling Your Allergies

Alleviate Allergy Symptoms Fast

It’s nice to enjoy fresh air and beautiful weather when it occurs, but that can quickly become miserable for those who suffer from allergies. You’re not alone; 36 million Americans have trouble with allergies on a seasonal basis. When you feel the runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion coming on, it’s something that can slow you down. While there’s no hard and fast cure for allergies, there are certain things you can do to minimize the suffering you go through on a seasonal basis. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of the nice days when they come around:

Tip 1: Understand Your Triggers

One major thing you can do to lessen your symptoms is to understand their causes, so you can avoid them. Ragweed and other pollens are high on the seasonal list. They are often along the road and can travel many miles. You should check allergen reports before you go outside for a long walk. If there are a lot of irritating substances in the air that day, walk on a treadmill instead. Mold is another common trigger that can be found in hay, straw, leaves, and more. It’s most abundant after it rains. Knowing what triggers your symptoms can help you avoid them.

Tip 2: Take Preventative Measures

There are many things you can do to prevent a flare-up. If you’re working in the garden during an allergy season, wear a mask. Check pollen counts before you travel. Wear sunglasses outside. Wash your hands often, and wash your hair and clothing after you’ve been outside to get the pollen off you and out of the house. The more you can do on your own, the less you are likely to suffer a more severe attack.

Tip 3: Get Treatment

There are a lot of different medications and even over the counter treatments you can try to improve your seasonal allergy symptoms. Talk to an ENT doctor about what the best options are for you. It’s possible that you will need to try a few things before you hit the right combination. There are treatments that prevent symptoms, as well as those you take after symptoms occur to lessen their impact. 

Tip 4: Beware of What You Eat

If you have seasonal allergies, there could be foods that have a cross-reaction to what bothers you, thus provoking symptoms. Certain foods could have those pollens in them, or they may simply bring out your symptoms. If you’re doing everything right and still have allergy symptoms, it could be food related. 

Tip 5: Visit With an ENT Doctor

The specialists at Breathe Clear are here to work with you and help figure out what will lessen your discomfort. It might be over the counter meds, prescriptions, nasal sprays, shots, or any number of other things. ENT doctors have experience with all of these, and can help you troubleshoot your symptoms until you find a way to alleviate your suffering for good.