“Millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies and depending on the day, symptoms can range from discomfort to unbearable,”
1. Consult a doctor. The first step in addressing any health issue should always be talking to a medical professional. Set up an appointment with your Primary Care Provider (PCP) or allergist to discuss your symptoms and concerns. Your doctor can perform allergy testing to determine your level of sensitivity to specific allergens and prescribe medications or natural remedies to help manage your body’s reaction to irritants.
2. Monitor the allergy index in your area. Pay close attention to the allergy index in your area. Most TV stations broadcast allergy forecasts during weather segments. There are also websites, apps, emails and SMS messaging programs that can alert you to conditions in your area.
3. Turn on the air conditioner. When at home or riding in an automobile, turn on the air conditioner, instead of using window ventilation. Open windows unnecessarily expose you to allergen triggers.
4. Keep resting places clean. Pollen deposits on cars, linen and air filters. Wash your automobile and linens, and change air filters often to reduce your indoor exposure to allergens. Also, be certain to take a bath or shower before going to bed to lessen pollen buildup on linens.
5. Diet can make a difference. Eat clean and drink plenty of water. Sugars, wheat, dairy and processed foods can increase the onset and intensity of allergic reactions and stimulate mucus production. Drink plenty of water to flush and hydrate your system.
6. Try natural remedies. Ask your doctor, a chiropractor or conduct your own research for natural cures for seasonal allergies. Many sufferers experience relief from consuming herbal teas, locally harvested organic honey and nutritional supplements.
7. Wear natural fibers. Wearing cool, lightweight cotton clothing and other natural fibers can provide soothing relief to your skin.Inflammation from allergies can be further escalated when unnatural fibers rub close to the skin. If you wear professional attire for work or school, be sure to wear clothing made from natural materials that allow your pores to breathe.
For more information about allergies and asthma, visit www.aaaai.org/
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