Spring comes back around once more to show us the beauty of nature. All the blooming flowers, the tall grass, and the luscious trees make us feel that we are part of a movie set until our allergies start making an appearance.
The constant nose drip, itchiness, and sneezing are enough to ruin an enjoyably sunny and beautiful day outside. There are some tips that you can follow to assist you with this problem that affects so many people every year. Here at the Allergy And Asthma Center of Corpus Christi, we want you to enjoy your days without allergies so you can appreciate the spring and all it has to offer!
First, we need to know what the main causes of these allergies are. Everyone gets affected differently by every allergy-causing factor, and the main approach that we should use to combat the situation is knowing what could be forcing the reactions on your body. You could be allergic to pollen and someone you know does not even get fazed by it, but they are in a constant struggle with allergies just as you may be. This means that whatever affects you does not necessarily have to affect others. Knowing what makes you react is key when trying to counter your allergies.
Some of the more common allergens are:
- Dust Mites
- Pet Dander
- Cigarette Smoke
In spring, pollen is one of the most prominent allergens. Pollen is released by trees and other plants to be used in their reproductive cycle. These are fine particles that, when inhaled, send an alert to our body’s defense system, which in turn starts trying to get rid of these external factors that are affecting your health.
Some of the symptoms that you can experience with allergies are:
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes and nose
You can always be diagnosed by an allergist. An allergist or allergy specialist can start a variety of tests on your skin by pricking it with allergens, using injections, or through blood tests with the goal of figuring out what your body reacts to. These people are professionally trained to do these allergy tests and we recommend visiting a certified professional if you wish to go through this process.
Tips To Avoid or Reduce Allergies
Perform sinus rinses
Using nasal irrigation as a way to cleanse your nasal passages, this can prove to be very effective to minimize your allergies. The nasal irrigation method is done through a saline solution combined with distilled or sterile water that can be bought in stores; you can also use water that has been taken to boiling point for about five minutes — make sure you let the water cool down before using it.
Stay away from your allergy triggers
This one may seem like a no brainer, but sometimes we don’t know exactly what causes our allergy. Here is an example for people who are allergic to pollen.
- On dry and windy days, stay inside as much as you can. The best days to go out is when there has been recent rain, which helps to clear the pollen.
- Try to avoid gardening activities that excite and stir up pollen — mowing is one of those activities.
- Try not using cloth twice, as it might be filled with pollen after a day outside. On this same note, shower to rinse off the pollen that settles on your skin and hair.
- Wear a pollen mask if you feel the need to stay out for long periods.
Inside the home
There are many things that you can do to keep your home free from allergy triggers:
- Vacuum and dust often to avoid buildup
- Use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to keep the air clean inside your home
- Use a dehumidifier to keep indoor air dry
- Keep windows and doors shut, especially on windy days
- Avoid drying clothes outdoors
- Shower before going to bed
- Run an air purifier
Of course! It’s recommended not only because it can aggravate your allergy symptoms, but also for all the health complications that smoking brings in the long run. Also, other fumes from perfumes, colognes, or wood-burning fireplaces can contribute to your allergies. These factors can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat, further intensifying your symptoms.
Limit your time outdoors
In days when the pollen count is higher —check your weather daily to stay on top of this— make sure to limit the time you stay outside or use a pollen mask to limit your exposure to your allergens.
There are other ways to avoid allergies or reduce their impact on your body. Here at the Allergy And Asthma Center of Corpus Christi, we want to make sure that the change of season does not become a dreadful experience. Come visit us to receive help with your allergy or asthma conditions. Contact us to set up your appointment!