As the weather gets warmer, the desire to be outside grows. After being cooped up all winter we love to get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. However, not everyone enjoys this time of year. If you suffer from allergies getting outside can be incredibly challenging.
While it’s amazing to watch the flowers bloom and the trees leaf out, it can also make you miserable. From sneezing to watery eyes to a scratchy throat and itchy nose, there are many allergy symptoms that will leave you feeling awful. Here's some ways to prepare for the upcoming allergy season.
Talk to a Doctor
If you’ve never been to an allergist before but you are more than positive that you have seasonal allergies, now is a good time to make an appointment. This will ensure that you are getting the right treatment so that you can enjoy spring and summer and not suffer needlessly from high pollen counts.
Whether or not you make an appointment with an allergist, starting allergy treatments at least two weeks before you feel your allergy symptoms can be incredibly beneficial. If you do see an allergist, make sure to take the medicine they give you as prescribed. If you decide to take over-the-counter medications, whether in pill form or nasal sprays, make sure to take those as prescribed also.
If you visit an allergist, they may be able to give you more than just medication to manage your symptoms. In some cases, they may put you on a series of shots that will desensitize you to the allergens that trouble you. It may take a few months to feel relief, but this could be a longer term solution for your allergy issues.
Keep Pollen at Bay
Unfortunately, you have no control over the pollen counts in the world, but you can limit the amount that you bring into your home. By vacuuming and cleaning often, as well as changing your clothes after being outside, you can reduce the amount of pollen that finds its way into your home and system. This can be incredibly beneficial in reducing the symptoms that are associated with allergies.
Keep Track of Pollen Counts
Knowing when pollen counts are highest throughout the day can be advantageous in helping you avoid the negative impact it will have on your health. There are a variety of apps that can be downloaded onto your phone to assist in this endeavor. If you have to be out and about during the day, try to plan it around when pollen counts are at their lowest.
Suffering from allergies can be incredibly debilitating. Constantly sneezing or having watery eyes can make it tough to get through your day. If you have congestion or get sinus headaches, this can also make doing things challenging. Getting ahead of and taking care of your allergies is the best course of action to take.
Here at Alliance Direct Benefits, we want to make sure that you feel good during allergy season and throughout the year. When you become a member, you will have 24/7 access to doctors via app or phone call via a national network of doctors that can answer any medical questions you might have. In addition, should the need arise, they can even prescribe allergy medications so you can get back to living. Give us a call at 1-800-733-2242 (M-F, 7am-5:30pm Central Time) or visit us online today!