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5 Ways To Deal With Allergies

Many people are excited that the warmer months are coming, but with that comes the dreaded allergy season. As spring slowly approaches, so does the pollen and other allergens. Allergies can be tricky because you want to go outside and enjoy the warm weather, but you don’t want to suffer. There are plenty of over the counter remedies, but with so many choices it can be overwhelming. Here are some ways you can get your allergies under control at home:

1. Determine if it is actually an allergy.

As the seasons are changing, it can be difficult to figure out if you are dealing with a cold or allergies. Taking common over the counter medicines can just cover up your symptoms, and not actually treat them. One indicator is how long your symptoms are lasting. A cold or flu symptom will only last a few days up to a week. Allergies can last for months if not treated properly.

 

2. Be Prepared for Allergy Season

If you know you have allergies, and you know the minute you step outside they’ll start acting up, prepare yourself. Before the spring season hits, begin taking your allergy medication to build up a tolerance before the symptoms start. Doctors recommend taking allergy medication 30 minutes before stepping outside.

 

3. Steam Pots, Sinus Rinse, and Dehumidifiers

Never underestimate the help of water. The steam and humidity from the water break down the mucus in your system which can reduce congestion. Dust and mold in your home can be one of the triggers of your allergies. A dehumidifier can help clear the air, especially in a humid area.

 

4. Keep Your Home Clean

Pollen isn’t the only substance that can be triggering your allergies. Dust and mold can be lurking in your home, and pollen can be brought in by shoes and the wind. Consistently vacuuming, dusting and wiping surfaces can help keep allergens to a minimum.

 

5. If Allergy Symptoms Persist, Consult Your Doctor

Allergies can be tricky, and you don’t want to let your symptoms evolve into something more dangerous. It is always a good idea to consult with your doctor about your symptoms to make sure you are getting them under control correctly.

 

Greenville Healthcare Center is your go-to for family medicine. We offer walk-in service Monday-Saturday. Our licensed physicians have diverse backgrounds, so they can consult with you about a multitude of problems. If you have concerns about your allergies visit us today!