Spring allergies – if you can’t treat them, cheat them
Soon the cold weather will be just a memory; soon the trees will start blooming and we’ll smile again looking at all the rainbow-like colors of spring flowers. Unfortunately, others will smile less. With the blooming of the trees will make its way into the atmosphere the pollen and a big part of the population will begin their annual ritual of sniffling, sneezing, and itching.
Spring debuts with trees pollen, followed by grass pollen. The air outside becomes filled with tiny particles which, when enter the nose of someone who’s allergic, they send the immune system into overdrive. At that point the immune system releases antibodies (substances that normally detect and attack bacteria, viruses, and other illness-causing organisms) and they attack the allergens. This attack leads to the release of chemicals called histamines into the blood – the histamines are the reason for the runny nose, itchy eyes, and all the other unpleasant allergy symptoms.
Around 35 million Americans fall prey each year to seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever.
Unfortunately, once diagnosed with this health problem, you will find out that there is no magical cure for it and that you’ll be stuck with it for the rest of your life. However, there are a number of ways to fight these spring allergies, from medication to lifestyle habits.
- An easy way to get through the season is to medicate well. You might be familiar with Allegra, Zyrtex, and Claratin. I, for one, start and end my day with Avamys nasal spray and, throughout the peak of the allergy seasons, combine it with antihistaminic pills. Talk to your doctor as different products work for different people; also, you can ask the pharmacist which related brands are also effective – perhaps you can save some money while getting relief.
- Try to remain indoors when the pollen count is sky-high – pollen counts usually peak in the morning hours.
- Try to keep your windows and doors closed whenever possible during the spring months to keep allergens out – perhaps invest in an air purifier.
- Wipe off pets when they come indoors and don’t let them sleep in your bed as they can transfer pollen there.
- Take a shower and wash your hair after you’ve been outside so you don’t bring the pollen inside with you.
- Vacuum twice a week and wear a mask while doing so because this activity can kick up pollen, mold, and dust that were trapped into your carpet.
While you take care of your seasonal allergies, remember to also check your renter’s insurance contract. Prevention is always preferred over treatment, right?