Spring Allergies

Top allergy experts admit that this spring, allergens in the air are plentiful and will affect a growing number of people.  Airborne allergens are always prevalent in the spring but this year, reports indicate higher than normal amounts.  This means that your allergy symptoms may be around longer and bother you a bit more.

Typical symptoms include sniffling, itchy and water eyes, sneezing and congestion.  If these symptoms only affect you in the spring, then chances are you are allergic to spring pollens, grasses and weeds.  If your symptoms last longer than the season, then perhaps you have allergies to other sources as well.

To determine your specific allergy, a skin allergy test is needed. Check with your doctor. These tests can accurately pinpoint the source of your allergy through a series of pin pricks.  If your skin shows an adverse reaction to a certain pin point such as redness, itchiness or swelling, it is a clear indication that this particular allergen is one that you are sensitive to.    Once you know what it is that you are allergic to, you can take the necessary steps in avoiding them, keeping your symptoms minimal and under control.

There are many over the counter products available.  Start with an antihistamine, one that doesn’t cause drowsiness.  Decongestants and saline rinses may help clear the nasal passages clear.  Long acting nasal decongestant sprays may help for short term use, but be careful of overuse as this is one product that can be addicting.  Lozenges for your throat and antihistamine eye drops and may also help relieve some of your other symptoms.  If all else fails, talk to your doctor about prescription medications designed for allergies.

Protecting yourself against spring allergies means more than keeping the windows closed on a breezy high pollen day.  Every time you step outside, allergens cling to you and your clothing.  If you are seriously troubled with allergy symptoms in the spring, you should take steps to controlling the spread of the allergens.  Simple common sense remedies are easy, like when you come in from the yard, remove your clothes and shower before you spread those allergens to the furniture or your bed and pillow.  Bedding needs to be washed often and allergy casings for your mattress and pillows are a big help in avoiding those troublesome allergens during the night.

As concerns about the addictiveness in drugs mounts, doctors assure us that antihistamines are not addictive.  However, one can develop a tolerance for certain over the counter medicines.  The trick is to rotate the different medications offered.   When one medication starts to lose its effectiveness, switch to another until the season ends or until your tolerance level once again drops to normal levels.

Preventative care is essential in order to maintain a normal life.  You check the pollen levels every day.  When they are high and you have to go out, simple take the appropriate medicine before you go out and before the symptoms start.  Don’t just treat your allergy symptoms – prevent them.