It is that time of the year – spring is upon us. The weather is warmer, and nature has once again come alive after the cold winter months. Although it is springtime can be dreadful as it seems like everyone starts sneezing and sniffling. The onset of spring brings an increase of pollen in the air from trees, grasses and flowers which triggers allergies. Before you find your nose in a pile of tissues, checkout how these five tips can help you fight allergies while enjoying spring.
- Limit your time outside
If you usually go out for a run or walk in morning to enjoy some fresh air it is important to note the pollen count in your local area. It can be viewed online by just typing pollen count e.g. in Pretoria. Pollen in the air is usually at its highest between 5 am and 10 am in the morning, so if you or your children have allergies avoid being outside around these times. It is more severe on windy and dry days. Protect your lungs and eyes to block pollen and other irritants from getting into your system during outdoor exercise.
- Commit to regular spring cleaning
A deep house clean can help eliminate existing allergens and clear the air in the home. A regular clean and doing your laundry frequently will also help to ensure that the air in your home and your clothes are clear. It will also assist in ensuring that dust does not accumulate in your home. However, please bear in mind that strong chemical and scents can trigger sinusitis and asthma symptoms. Do not neglect your outdoor areas, if you have a garden ensure it is also clean.
- Take allergy medication
Antihistamines usually block your body’s response to allergies and work in less then an hour. However, be cautious of multi-symptom remedies that contain antihistamine, a decongestant and a pain and fever reliever. Avoid overdosing and taking two over-the-counter medicines at same time, as it can be dangerous especially if they both have the same active ingredients. It is vital to choose remedies which address the symptoms you are experiencing and to carefully follow dosage directions. Doctor Google does not always help and it is better to consult your nearest service provider by simply login at https://providers.bestmed.co.za/#/login
- Bathing before bed
A good practice during allergy months is to take a bath before bed. Throughout the day when you are outside you become a net for allergens floating in the air. It is also necessary to change your clothes as soon as you get home and throw them in the laundry basket to avoid them mixing with the clothes you wear indoors. Make sure you bath or shower in hot water because it kills bacteria and improves immunity.
- Ask your doctor for a referral to an allergist
The abovementioned steps are great ways to avoid common triggers to seasonal allergies, but sometimes will not prevent allergies especially severe allergies. An allergy specialist will help you identify your specific allergy and recommend the best treatments.