Suffering from Seasonal Allergies?
Ah! It is spring at last and for some people, it’s time to go outside and enjoy the sunshine. For others, it’s time for sneezing, wheezing, runny noses and itchy eyes. And if allergies are treated properly, it’s time for the annual upper respiratory infection and a trip to the doctor.
If you’d like to enjoy spring this year, but you suffer from seasonal allergies, try these simple tips.
Don’t wait until you start sneezing, take action now. If your doctor has recommended medication, start taking it before you are exposed to allergens.
It’s common knowledge that stress wreaks havoc on the immune system. Take time for self-care such as meditation and exercise. Read more.
Eat Foods that Help
According to WebMD, no food is a proven cure for allergies, but if your diet includes fruits and vegetables, your body will thank you for it in many ways. And, according to Elson Haas, MD, who practices integrative medicine, certain foods contain a substance called quercetin, which may help reduce “histamine reactions.” Histamines are part of the allergic response. Read more.
Clean it Up
If you’ve been exposed to known allergens, such as pollen, shower and wash your hair. Consider a saline nasal spray or neti pot to clean your nasal passages. An eyewash or artificial tears may help reduce itchy, red and swollen eyes.
Keep your environment clean by dusting and vacuuming often and keep pets clean. Use the dryer instead of the clothesline.
Use the air conditioning in your vehicle and home and change air filters frequently.
Consult Your Physician
If your symptoms are worsening and you are feeling ill, you may need to consult your physician. Again, be proactive and try to make an appointment BEFORE getting an upper respiratory infection.
Hopefully, you can get a consultation without being exposed to infection. How? Many health insurance plans now include doctors’ visits either online or over the phone. These visits are very helpful for minor illnesses, are more affordable and much more convenient. Check with your group health insurance plan administrator or your plan brochure or website and find out if this option is available for you.
Our posts are for informational purposes only and not to be considered medical advice. You should always work with your doctor to make sure you aren’t taking medications that react badly to each other and that includes over-the-counter allergy medicines and cold remedies.