5 Ways to Prepare For Allergy Season
With warmer weather creeping in and flowers in full bloom, it’s no secret that springtime has arrived. For many, this means seasonal allergies are on the rise and will result in a number of bothersome symptoms. There are some steps you can take in advance to help ease symptoms. Today on the blog, we’re sharing 5 ways to prepare for allergy season.
5 Ways to Prepare For Allergy Season:
1. Spring Cleaning: Out with the old and in with the new. When cleaning, try to focus on areas of the home where certain allergens like dust may accumulate such as curtains, blinds, rugs, bedding, and furniture. Don’t forget to change the air filters inside your air conditioning units.
2. Be aware of and avoid triggers: It may help to know if certain allergens such as dander, trees, or flowers outside can trigger your symptoms. If you aren’t exactly sure what is causing the issues, then you may want to consider an allergy test.
3. Don’t Ignore Your Diet: Adjusting some lifestyle factors such as adding or even omitting certain foods to the diet may be helpful in reducing certain symptoms often associated with allergies. Reach for spices with anti-inflammatory properties (think turmeric and ginger) and include citrus fruits and vegetables with high amounts of antioxidants like quercetin and Vitamin C. These antioxidants may help lower histamine levels, but more research is needed.
4. Use apps or local news to track pollen counts: Tracking pollen counts can help you better plan and schedule your outdoor activities during allergy season. Pollen counts tend to be highest in the early mornings and early evenings but may vary based on your location. Weather and news stations will offer daily pollen and mold count reports. There are also smartphone apps you can download to have information readily accessible.
5. Consider starting antihistamines or nasal sprays about 2 weeks before symptoms start. Antihistamines are responsible for blocking certain chemicals called histamines that are released by the body. These chemicals trigger the immune response, contributing to inflammation and symptoms such as runny nose, watery eyes, and itchy throat. Pretreating can help to prevent inflammation from starting and mitigate these symptoms.
Don’t worry, you’ve got this! However, if your allergies are driving you crazy, schedule a consultation with Dr. Collman at Prose Medical to become a member and schedule an appointment so we can help you find relief.