Everyone loves spending quality time outside in the mild spring sunshine after a long cold winter. However, it can be disastrous for people who are allergic to pollen and other spring allergens. While plants release tiny pollen grains to fertilize plants of the same species, the pollen grains can flare up your allergies. Here are seven tips on how you can cope with incessant spring allergies.
Investigate the allergy trigger
If your allergy symptoms start around the same time every year and aren’t accompanied by weird fevers or signs of an infection, then you might be suffering an allergy. You should book an appointment with an allergist in a New York hospital to take a skin or blood test to identify the allergy and optimize your treatment plan. The test can reveal dozens of common allergies if they exist.
Take medication as soon as you can
Start taking medication early and regularly. If you know that you experience symptoms in the Spring, don’t wait for the Spring to kick in before you start taking medication. You should start by March 1st to get them under control earlier enough. Also, you should continue taking your medication regularly even after feeling better because the grass pollen grains dissipate in the early months of summer.
Avoid the allergy triggers
Avoid outdoor chores that will expose you to the pollen grains. If you have any outdoor tasks to execute such as mowing your lawn, ensure that you wear a protective mask. Also, you should wear sports glasses or sunglasses to keep pollen out of the eyes. If your skin reacts to pollen, you should also cover yourself up properly with long sleeved pants and shirts. Remember, to change your clothes immediately when you come inside.
Rinse your sinuses
You can relieve the allergy symptoms by using a home remedy called nasal irrigation to clear your nasal passages. Fill a saline solution is an irrigation device, and pour it gently into your nasal cavity. Nasal saline rinses are most effective in relieving pain when used together with the right medication.
Seek medical advice
When your immune system perceives pollen grains as foreign substances, you are likely to experience symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, swelling around the eyes, red eyes, watery eyes, stuffy nose and itchy nose. As such, it is always advisable to seek medical attention in a New York hospital when symptoms persist or worsen.
At Weill Cornell Medicine, we offer a wide array of clinical services including allergy and immunology. We put our patients first, and we are committed to offering world-class individualized clinical care. Contact us today via 1-855-765-0200 for any questions you may have regarding our practice.