Tips for Surviving Allergy Season

As soon as the trees begin to bloom, allergy season arrives. For those allergy sufferers who, like most people in the Midwest have been forced to stay indoors and now long to go outside, you need to again be ready.

Symptoms which people suffer from are usually itchy nose, eyes, sneezing and runny nose. Others may manifest more serious problems such as asthma flares, if they have been diagnosed with asthma, and for children more frequent ear infections may occur.

So, what can you do to ease your suffering? Well, who wants to avoid the allergen? Everyone likes to go outside when it is nice, in spite of the pollen and mold. So, try the following:

1. If you’re not sure of what you’re allergic to, consider allergy testing. It isn’t as painful as in the early days of allergy testing and it takes less time.

2. During allergy season newscasts will often give out a warning for high mold and pollen times. It is wise on those days, if possible, to limit your time outdoors and mabye do something inside.

3. Be proactive. If you are fortunate enough to know for certain what you are allergic to or if over the last few years you are certain that the spring begins the time when you are most miserable, start increasing your fluid intake. Believe it or not, keeping well hydrated keeps your immune system up and helps you fight against the allergens. Eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of rest also helps your immune system.

You may try over the counter antihistamines such as Benadryl or Claritin. Be forewarned that Benadryl may cause drowsiness, so do not take this while driving a car or operating heavy machinery. Please ask the pharmacist to obtain information about other over the counter allergy relief. Do not take Afrin nasal spray on a regular basis or more than five days in a row. This product, though helpful in relieving nasal congestion and symptoms, can cause elevation in blood pressure and casue “rebound addiction.” This means if you use it more often than directed, longer than five days, you may become tolerant and need more and more to get relief.

The best plan is to seek professional medical evaluation and instruction to help you deal with this seasonal and year round problem. Call us if we can help.