How to Nip Springtime Allergies in the Bud
In a US survey, more than half of all respondents reported having allergic reactions to one or more allergens. Springtime allergies (hay fever) are chief among them, affecting 10 to 30 percent of adult Americans and up to 40 percent of children.
Whether you’re allergic to pollen, grass, or ragweed, Back 2 Health can help you limit your exposure to nip your springtime allergies in the bud. If you want to know what you’re allergic to for better treatment options, come to our Goose Creek clinic for needle-free allergy testing!
Time Your Outdoor Excursions
You’ve probably noticed that your allergies are worse on some days than others. Even the time of day makes a difference. Why? Pollen counts change constantly, and when levels are high, your allergies flare up. To limit your exposure to these springtime allergens, you must time your outdoor excursions accordingly.
The first step is to check the pollen count forecast each morning and the current levels before going out. The newspaper, weather channel, and local news websites are good sources to check. When counts are high, you should either avoid going out or take allergy medications before your symptoms start.
Here are more useful tips for timing your outdoor excursions:
- Avoid going out on dry, windy days.
- Avoid going out in the early morning when pollen counts are high.
- Run errands after a rainstorm when pollen counts are low.
Delegate Outdoor Tasks
Garden care can be miserable if you have springtime allergies. If possible, delegate someone in your family or hire a neighbor to mow your lawn, pull weeds, and complete other gardening chores that irritate your allergies. If you must do outdoor chores yourself, wear a pollen mask.
Don’t Let Outdoor Allergens Inside
There’s no silver bullet for eliminating all the allergens from your indoor air, but if springtime allergies are the worst culprit, you can take steps to keep allergens outside. Here’s what to do:
- After spending a lot of time outside, put your clothes in the hamper, shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair, and change into clean clothes.
- Hang clothes and sheets to dry indoors to avoid picking up pollen. Choose a room with an exhaust fan you can run, such as the bathroom or laundry room.
- Keep windows and doors closed, especially at night and any time pollen counts are high. Stay comfortable by running the air conditioner instead.
- Fit your HVAC system with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to trap more allergens floating around in the air.
- Run the AC in your car instead of rolling down the windows.
- Sweep, dust, and vacuum often. Use a vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA filter.
Get Tested to Learn What Your Allergies Are
For many people, the above suggestions combined with the right allergy medication are enough to nip symptoms in the bud. If you’re still struggling, it may be useful to get tested to find out what you’re allergic to. This makes it easier to avoid your triggers and creates the opportunity to pursue immunotherapy, which lowers your sensitivity and makes life easier.
Have Your Allergies Tested & Treated at Back 2 Health
We are pleased to offer needle-free allergy testing from AllergywoRx, an FDA-approved allergy testing method. This program uses disposable plastic applicators to apply small drops of test antigens to the skin on your back, eight droplets at a time. We test for the 70 most common allergens in North America to help you pinpoint what’s making you sneeze, sniff, and itch.
If you’re suffering from seasonal allergies, the team at Back 2 Health is ready to help out. Schedule a free allergy consultation by calling our Goose Creek office at (843) 405-0025 or filling out the contact form on the right. You’ll be pleased to learn that AllergywoRx is covered by most insurance companies. We’ll discuss your coverage during your initial consultation.