How to Nip Spring Allergy Season in the Bud
Just like people, seasonal allergens become more active at the end of a long, cold winter. Trees, grasses and molds begin to release pollen and spores, which makes enjoyment of the warmer spring and summer weather difficult for many. If you’re afflicted by seasonal allergies such as hay fever, now is the time to prepare for allergy season! Here’s what to do now as the season approaches.
- Talk to your clinician. Many prescriptions for treatment of seasonal allergies are best started several weeks before pollen and mold levels rise. Once allergy symptoms start, you may need more medication to get symptoms under control, and you risk developing sinusitis and other complications of allergies.
- Be aware of pollen counts. Pay attention to daily reports on local pollen count for your area. Get in the habit of keeping windows and doors in your home closed to keep pollen out. On days when the count is high, run the air conditioner if it gets stuffy inside. Avoid using window fans that can draw pollens and mold into the house.
- Limit exposure. Limit how much time you spend outside when pollen counts are highest – typically on warm, dry, windy days and during mid-morning and early evening (this may vary according to plant pollen) When returning home, remove clothes you have worn outside and shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.
- Use air conditioners. Air conditioners with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are ideal for removing most pollen from outside air, so run them in your home and in the car.
- Consider steroid injections. For certain patients who experience severe symptoms due to multiple allergies, a steroid shot for allergies can suppress the body’s reaction to allergens. Your RediClinic clinician can help you determine if this is the best treatment for your needs.
Get Ready at RediClinic
As spring allergy season nears, allergy sufferers don’t have to look any further than their local RediClinic for allergy relief. Our board-certified clinicians diagnose and provide appropriate treatments to relieve symptoms in adults and children age 18 months and older. Make an online appointment to be seen at your nearest RediClinic today!
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