Seasonal allergies are most commonly triggered by pollen from weeds, trees and grass; however, a variety of other plants can trigger symptoms, which often involve sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and runny nose. Unfortunately, though people who suffer from seasonal allergies should prepare themselves for an intense season, experts also predict this season will be shorter than most.
To protect yourself form the worst this season, Dr. James Sublett, President of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology said in a press release that, “The key to surviving spring allergies is knowing what triggers your symptoms.” Unfortunately, Sublett also warned that because there may be “millions of pollen particles in the air,” allergy relief might prove impossible for the worst sufferers. Still, there are certain precautions sufferers can take.
For example, individuals with seasonal allergies should avoid clothing made from synthetic fabrics, which create an electrical charge when rubbed together that can attract pollen molecules. As well, individuals should restrict exercising outdoors except when pollen counts are lowest, which is often before dawn and in the early evening.
If individuals must work outside, HealthDay recommends that sufferers of allergies take an antihistamine approximately 30 minutes before going outside and to limit their exposure to indoor allergies, “vacuum your furniture, leave your shoes by the door, shower often, cover floors with washable throw rugs, and use a dehumidifier and an air purifier with a HEPA filter.”
In the case that these precautions are unable to prevent the occurrence of severe allergy symptoms, one could consider speaking with a doctor about allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy. According to Web MD, these shots are administered one or twice a week for several months and contain the allergen (i.e. pollen, mold, dust, etc.). During the time in which the shots are administered, the dose will go up before your physician settles at a “maintenance dose,” after which you may no longer experience symptoms. Though this is not an immediate “cure all” option, it may prove helpful to prevent the continuation of hard-to-manage symptoms.
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