With allergy season fast approaching, we have put together a quick allergy-coping guide to help you get through as comfortably as possible.
1. Determine what is making you feel under the weather
Could it be an underlying medical condition like a cold, flu or virus that is causing allergy-like symptoms? You want to be sure that you have identified the correct cause so that you then seek the correct treatment. A few signs that indicate allergies: * itchiness * you feel worse after exposure to allergens * absence of other symptoms such as fever, aches and pains
2. Try different medication
It may be helpful to try different over-the-counter medications, or even different dosages of your existing medication, if your allergy suffering has increased or changed in any significant way. If this still doesn’t work, a trip to your allergist is probably in order for either stronger, prescribed medication, or perhaps you are a candidate for allergy shots. Remember to ask your medical professional about side effects of any prescribed treatment, and how the treatment may interact with other medicines you are taking. Make sure that you get an understanding of how severe your allergic reactions may be and under what circumstances, and what you should do in the event of an emergency.
3. Try salt water
Too much medication? Try a saline nasal rinse to flush out the allergens from your nasal passages and ease nasal congestion, using either a neti pot or a spray. You can also try to soothe a sore throat by gargling with salt water.
4. Try to keep your exposure to a minimum
Try to minimize your exposure to allergens as much as possible.
- Have you spent a lot of time outside? Take a shower as soon as you come inside to rinse away any allergens that may be clinging to your skin or hair.
- Change your clothes and remove your shoes as soon as you enter your home in order to avoid tracking allergens throughout your house.
- If you are sensitive to outside allergens such as pollen, try to keep windows closed as much as possible. Also try to limit your outside activities as much as possible on high pollen count days. You may need to bring your workout inside to a gym, or put off gardening or other yard work temporarily. Obviously you can’t eliminate all of your time outside, but try to take advantage of the fact that pollen counts tends to be highest in the middle and late afternoon and schedule your outside activities accordingly.
- If, on the other hand, you are more sensitive to allergens that are inside your home, such as dust, try to keep windows open as often as possible.
- Try installing HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters in your home, which help clean air by filtering out allergens.
Consult your doctor before using any health treatment — including herbal supplements and natural remedies — and tell your doctor if you have a serious medical condition or are taking any medications. The information presented here is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended as substitute for medical counseling.
Article Courtesy of 50 PLUS REPORT Editorial Team