Article written by Nick Demenagas
Do you have a runny nose, watery eyes, sneeze or cough during the Spring and Summer months? If you said yes to any of those, then you might have seasonal allergies.
Spring seasonal allergies can start as early as February and extend into the summer. Spring and summer allergies are most commonly caused by tree pollen and grass pollen. Inhaling these pollens causes your body to have an allergic reaction and cause symptoms like runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, coughing and sneezing.
Luckily, there are some simple tips to help these symptoms and ways to avoid pollen.
The first way is to know what pollens you are allergic to and avoid them. You can find out what pollens you are allergic to with a simple skin test at your doctor or allergist. Keeping your windows in your home and car closed as well as using air purifiers and air conditioners, are some ways to keep pollen out. If you must have your windows open, wash your sheets frequently to wash away the pollen that comes into your home.
After you have been outside for a while, change your clothes and wash yourself to get rid of any pollen that may still be on your body. If you are doing gardening or other outdoor activities, wear a filter mask to avoid pollen.
Another way to avoid pollen, is to track pollen counts. Meteorologists will usually report daily pollen counts with their forecast. Keep track of those and try to stay indoors when pollen counts are high. Rain usually washes away pollen, however days after heavy rain tend to have increased pollen counts. Pollen levels tend to be the highest in the morning and on windy, warm days.
During allergy season, things other than pollen might “trigger” your allergy symptoms. These can be things like smoke (from campfires, grilling or cigarettes), chlorine and insect bites. Try to avoid these as much as possible.
There are also various OTC medications that you can buy here at Four Corners Pharmacy that will treat your allergy symptoms if these non-pharmacologic approaches aren’t working. Check back for next weeks blog to learn more about these medications.
As always, don’t hesitate to stop in or call us with any questions you may have!
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