Spring is such an exciting time of year. It bring hope, flowers, blue skies, kids laughing outside in the yard, and… achoo… allergies. Of course you can always take over-the-counter antihistamines such as Zyrtec, Allegra, and Claritin to minimize sneezing, nasal symptoms, and itchy, watery eyes, and most recently the FDA has approved nasal steroids to be sold over-the-counter to help relieve nasal symptoms such as runny and stuffy nose. Taking medications is a great way to help minimize symptoms if used correctly. There are also some precautions you can take at home to help relieve some of the symptoms such as:
- Keep windows shut as often as possible, especially on high pollen days (to check pollen counts, click on the link provided on our website.)
- Dry your clothing indoors instead of outdoors
- Avoid overgrown, weeded areas
- Have the lawn mowed frequently, ideally by an individual who is not allergic to grass. If the individual who has allergies to grass must mow the lawn wear a face mask and when going inside change your clothes immediately.
- Wash furry animals at least once weekly, ideally by individuals who are not allergic to the animals.
- Wash your hands after touching furry animals. Do not touch your face without washing your hands first.
- Avoid humidifiers as much as possible to avoid mold spores in the home.
- Wash your sheets and stuffed animals in hot water at least once a week to kill those pesky dust mites
Medication, whether it be over-the-counter or prescription, and avoidance to pollens will help prevent and minimize allergy symptoms, however it does not take the allergy away. Allergy shots, over time, can help your body tolerate pollens and therefore not develop symptoms. Treatment for allergies is not a one-size-fits- all deal. Talk with you allergist to see what is right for your.
Don’t let your allergies hold you back from activities you enjoy. Contact Rocky Mountain Allergy to help find the correct plan of care for you. You can contact us at 801-775-9800 or send us an email.