It’s no fun to have to stay inside as soon as the weather gets nicer because of seasonal allergy symptoms. However, once managed, allergies can become easier to live with when you take charge of your treatment. Follow these three steps and you will be on your way to managing your allergies so that you can enjoy the season.
- Find out what your allergens are – Are you allergic to molds? Pollen? Both? Figuring out what triggers your allergy symptoms is important for treatment. If you are having trouble identifying the allergens on your own, here at Alabama ENT we can perform skin tests to help you identify specific allergens.
- Take steps to help control allergens – Usually our environment (inside and outside our homes) is to blame for seasonal allergies. Once of the best ways to help cope with allergy symptoms is by keeping your house clean and taking preventative measures. If dust mites are a source of allergies for you, using allergy proof bedding as well washing sheets weekly with hot water. For pollen, there is not a whole lot you can do. Pollen can travel from miles and miles away so the best bet is to keep an eye on pollen count and keep windows shut during high allergen times.
- Visit your allergist! – This may be a given, but paying a yearly visit to your allergist can help you stay on top of your treatment. Since allergens fluctuate, your treatment may need to be adjusted making it even more important to schedule yearly visits. In addition to traditional decongestants, antihistamines and nasal sprays, allergy shots may be another option for your treatment.