Achoo! How much do you know about the spring allergies that plague you every year?
Provided By: North Okaloosa Physician Group
Most spring allergies are caused by pollen. Though pollen is harmless, your body can mistake it for a threat and release histamines. In an attempt to repel the “invader,” histamines cause your eyes, nose and throat to swell, itch and produce mucus.
Even if you know all about pollen, you may not know the best ways to combat it. Avoid these common spring allergy mistakes that can prolong suffering or even make symptoms worse.
Mistake No. 1: Waiting too long to medicate.
For best results, allergy medicine should be taken before symptoms begin. Why? Allergy medications stop histamines from triggering a reaction. Symptoms mean histamines have begun to build up, so the medicine has to fight an uphill battle.
Mistake No. 2: Not knowing your triggers.
When you start sneezing in the spring, you may assume it’s pollen, but you may also be sensitive to other year-round allergens, such as dust and mold. An allergist can perform a simple skin test that reveals all of the substances making you miserable.
Mistake No. 3: Not coming clean.
Take a quick shower in the evening to wash away allergens on your hair and skin so they won’t bother you as you sleep.
Mistake No. 4: Opening the windows.
The warm spring breezes are pleasant and refreshing — but jam-packed with pollen. Keep windows in your home and car closed to stop pollen from drifting inside.
Mistake No. 5: Relying on air filters.
According to a study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, room air cleaners are not effective. Whole-house filtration systems might help, but only if the filters are changed frequently.
The biggest mistake? Trying to treat allergy symptoms yourself. Your doctor can pinpoint the source of your suffering and recommend treatments that really work.
This article in no way seeks to diagnose or treat illness or to serve as a substitute for professional medical care.