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Goodbye Cold Weather, Hello Allergies

Tips on Making Allergy Season Less Miserable

By: Roseanne Cassar

Prepare yourself for a season filled with congestion. (Credit: google.com)

Allergies – that dreaded spring side effect that many of us suffer through after a long winter.

Now that April is in full swing, warmer weather is finally on the horizon.

Hopefully, more rainfall will help keep the widespread number of allergens low.  

A majority of poor souls deal with allergies year round, or if one is lucky, seasonally.  There are various types of allergies that a person may suffer from – indoor allergies, and outdoor allergies.   

Indoor allergens include black mold, dust mites, cat dander, and dog dander. Outdoor allergies consist of tree pollen, leaf mold, grass pollen, and ragweed.

When allergy season start to kick in, you need to fight back. With a few simple tips, even the worst allergy sufferers can find relief this season.

First, determine if what is causing your lack of energy and congestion is indeed allergies.  

At first, the sudden swing from cool to warm weather can make it hard for you to tell if it is an allergic reaction, or the cold/flu..  

If your eyes, nose, and the top of your mouth itch, this might be a sign of seasonal allergies. Also, the absence of fever and body aches is yet another clue that you may have allergies– and not something that is cause for more concern.

Do not suffer through your seasonal allergies without trying a few methods first.

Head to your drugstore for symptom relief.  If your go-to medication suddenly fails to work any longers, a visit with a physician is recommended for some allergy-related prescription drugs for relief.  

If this does not quell your symptoms, do some research and consider trying immunotherapy shots for long term relief.  

Give salt water a go. Gargling with salt water can soothe a sore or scratchy throat.  Do this once or twice a day throughout allergy season to ease your battle with congestion.

Being cautionary does not hurt when dealing with some serious allergies. Take off your shoes and work clothes as soon as you get home, as this only drags unnecessary allergens throughout your home.  

Take your shoes off outside your door, throw your clothes in the hamper, and slip into comfortable loungewear.  Even indulging in a warm shower at night can help remove lingering pollen from the skin.

If you need to get in that daily cardio, it is best to move your fitness endeavors indoors. Spending time outside may only worsen your physical conditions and make it hard to breathe during your workout.

Importantly, you should check pollen counts with your preferred source of weather information. This can help you determine when you should do your errands.

Typically, pollen tends to be highest in the mid-to-late afternoon. So, in the midday, try to remain indoors.

If you are allergic to pollen, keep the windows closed and run an air conditioner.  

On the flip side, if you are allergic to indoor allergies such as mold and dust, thrust the windows open and let in the fresh air.

Wear a mask for outdoor chores. When you are tending your garden or fixing up your backyard, a surgical mask can help minimize and filter out exposure to pollen particles.

Remember, it is in your best interest to take allergy symptoms seriously.  You can brush off your nasal congestion or a lingering headache as “just allergies,” but the truth is, allergy symptoms take a toll on your well-being.  

So if you feel completely lousy, listen to what your body is telling you.  Rest, go to bed as early as you like, or even take a sick day. Running around when you do not feel well will only make you feel worse.

Surviving Mother Nature’s way of introducing spring again is a challenge. With these tips, you will start to breathe a bit easier, and enjoy the long-awaited sunshine.

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