The spring comes with different stuff and most of them important allergen that can cause suffer us from allergy symptoms and we call it as Spring Allergies. Runny nose, sneezing, hives, hay fever and swelling of the eyes are the most popular symptoms, and most of them due to particle called pollen.
Pollen is abundant in the spring, the same as some other substances like pollen released by cutting the grass in late spring and early summer. How can we protect ourselves from pollen and Spring Allergies?
How to reduce my exposure to pollen?
Experts suggest the first step for those suffering from allergies is to avoid allergens. Sure it sounds easier than it is, especially if you do not know what is exactly what causes the annoying symptoms. But to stay inside the house between 10:00 and 16:00, hours during which the general air of pollen levels are higher, can help. So the use of HEPA filter in your air conditioner.
So if you plan any outings it will obviously cause the pollen exposure and it might give you Spring Allergies, especially during those days where the pollen is abundant. If you have a pet that goes outside, be sure to wipe the fur before reaches home. Pets are usual suspects for transporting pollen from outdoors to indoors.
Take off your shoes before you enter into the house and try to dry your clothes indoors on days when the pollen makes party in the air. Finally, use covers on the sofas and beds during the day, which would prevent pollen.
How to deal with spring allergies?
If avoidance of the allergenic pollen is not enough, then the next best thing is antihistamines drugs. When your body is exposed to allergens, then secrete histamines that are “stuck” in the body’s cells causing allergic symptoms (sneezing, coughing, wheezing, watery eyes, burning or itching eyes, conjunctivitis, cough, diarrhea, headache, etc. .). Antihistamines stop the symptoms and reduce the annoying “scratching” in the throat and nose, and sneezing by blocking the action of histamines.
If your allergy “hits” in the eyes, then specific decongestants drops can also help, as well as nasal decongestants (potable or spray). Decongestants reduce the swelling of tissue in the region and “open” the breathing passage. Since potentially increase your stress, you may want to consult your doctor before taking if you have heart disease or high blood pressure. The same applies to cases thyroid and prostate hyperplasia or diabetes.
Although you can use decongestants for up to a week, if necessary, the spray should be used to maximum 3-4 days, since some of them can cause further congestion if used by then. In any case, read the labels of any side effects, and always follow the recommended dosage on the package.
If these medications do not work, you should contact an allergist. His advice will help you greatly if the allergy causing you difficulty sleeping, concentrating and often repeated.
Allergy Test for Spring Allergies
If you can not understand what you are allergic, you may need to do allergy testing. The skin test is more accurate compared to hematology. In the skin test, usually your “sting” with small doses of allergens to the skin and, as the reaction is determined to what you are allergic. The blood tests on the other hand, can detect antibodies secreted by exposure to pollen and are softer for those who can not stand the dermatological tests.