How to Reduce Spring Allergy Symptoms
The return of spring brings with it flowers, warmer weather and allergies. Pollen blast from budding plants can trigger hay fever symptoms. Boasting warmer weather and beautiful spring scenery without the annoyance of itching, spring allergies are not out of reach.
Symptoms of spring allergies include sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, itchy throat, wheezing, coughing, difficulty breathing, and chest tightness. We have several tips to help you manage spring allergies and reduce your sneezing and itching.
Keep indoor air clean
Keeping the air inside your home free of allergens will help reduce your allergy symptoms. Using the air conditioner in your home and car can help keep air circulating throughout your home and will help reduce the amount of pollen that settles in your home. It may also be helpful to use a high-efficiency air filter throughout your home. The key is to keep the air circulating as much as possible, so that pollen and other springtime allergens have no chance to build up and become more potent, and therefore more irritating to the eyes, mouth, throat and skin.
Rinse your sinuses
Flushing your sinuses with a saline solution is a great way to rid your system of any lingering pollen and other allergens. The first time you rinse your nose may feel strange and uncomfortable. The result is a direct flush of allergens from your nose that cause you to sneeze, feel throat irritation, and feel stuffy. Most pharmacies have nasal rinse kits available for purchase. They will come with a squeeze bottle or neti pot and solution to use. This can be extremely beneficial for people with spring allergies. It can also help you sleep better if you do it right before you go to bed.
Use an over-the-counter remedy
There are many effective over-the-counter medications that can help reduce allergy symptoms. It may take some trial and error to find the over-the-counter medication that works best for your symptoms, but once you find one that works, spring doesn’t become a stress. Medications like Zyrtec, Claritin, Alavert, and Allegra are oral antihistamines that can help relieve sneezing, itching, and other symptoms you may be experiencing.
Consult your doctor
If over-the-counter medications, flushing your sinuses, and filtering the air in your home aren’t enough, seeing your primary care provider will be the next step. If your seasonal allergies are particularly irritating, providers can help you figure out which specific allergens are causing your symptoms. Your provider can help you find a solution to your symptoms. INTEGRIS healthcare providers located in Oklahoma can perform skin and blood tests that will help identify the causes of your allergies and get you a prescription, or other allergy relief, to make this springtime infinitely more enjoyable.
At INTEGRIS Health, we are committed to helping you live your happiest, healthiest life. We have health care providers who are ready to help you find solutions to your health problems and we have services to make those solutions possible. To find out more about your allergies and your health, make an appointment with one of our service providers.