How to Survive Spring Allergies and Enjoy Nature Again!
Posted byDiane Hoffmaster
Spring is a beautiful time of year: flowers blooming, gentle winds blowing, trees regrowing their green leaves. For people with spring allergies, however, it can be a tough time of year! Sky-high pollen counts leave many with itchy eyes, runny noses and an assortment of other unpleasant symptoms. If you suffer from spring allergies, here are a few ways to tackle them and regain your love of spring.
Spring Allergy Relief Options
Keep in mind that you should always check with your doctor before beginning any new allergy relief regimen. Your doctor can tell you if allergy medications are safe for you and may prescribe prescription-strength allergy medications rather than an over-the-counter product. In general, here are a few methods that may let you breath deeply and enjoy the arrival of the vernal equinox:
- Antihistamines. According to the Mayo Clinic, antihistamines may help relieve sneezing, itching, a runny nose and watery eyes.1 They often come in either pill form or as a nasal spray.
- Nasal steroids. Many people complain of nasal congestion during the spring and nasal steroids may help. According to MedlinePlus, these sprays help open clogged nasal passages to reduce sinus pressure and allow you to breath easier. It can be helpful to start a nasal steroid before symptoms begin. This may allow your body to build up a resistance to your allergy triggers,2 but you should always check in with your doctor before you begin nasal steroids.
- Decongestants. The Mayo Clinic advises that you should only use nasal decongestants for a few days in a row. Longer-term use of decongestant nasal sprays may actually aggravate your stuffy nose.1
- Eye drops. You can find antihistamine eye drops over the counter that will target only your eye problems without having to take an oral product.
- Combination medications. There are several allergy relief products that combine multiple types of drugs into one pill. A combination antihistamine and decongestant will reduce the number of pill bottles rattling around your medicine cabinet.
- Allergy shots. The Mayo Clinic defines allergy shots as injections you receive at regular intervals over a period of approximately three to five years to stop or reduce allergy attacks. Each allergy shot contains a tiny amount of the specific substance or substances that trigger your allergic reactions. Over time, allergy shots may help reduce your allergic response to specific allergens.3
- Natural alternatives. Swing down the organic aisle at your local health foods store and you’ll see natural supplements and teas that claim to soothe your sinuses. Approach them with an open mind, but also caution. Always discuss with your doctor prior to taking any natural alternatives.
- Day-to-day changes. There are a few daily changes to your home and everyday routine that may lessen your puffy eyes and stuffy nose. Investing in an air filter and keeping the windows closed will reduce the amount of pollen in your home. Showering before bed will wash excess pollen from your hair and body and keep it from getting all over your sheets and pillows.
If spring allergies are a problem for you, don’t suffer in silence! Talk to your doctor about possible solutions so that you can get out and enjoy the beautiful weather, despite all the pollen floating on that spring breeze!
1“Diseases and Conditions: Hay Fever.” Mayo Clinic. December 29, 2015. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hay-fever/in-depth/seasonal-allergies/art-20048343?pg=2.
2“Nasal corticosteroid sprays.” MedlinePlus. Accessed March 9, 2017. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000404.htm.
3“Tests and Procedures: Allergy Shots.” Mayo Clinic. February 10, 2015. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/allergy-shots/basics/definition/prc-20014493.
- Posted by Diane Hoffmaster
- On May 16, 2017