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Spring Allergy Tips

With the weather finally starting to warm up, all most of us want to do is get outside and enjoy! The only downfall? Allergies. Thankfully there are some tips and tricks to help lessen those allergy symptoms and help you keep enjoying the beauty of spring time!

The biggest cause of allergies is pollen from trees, grass, weeds and other plants. When the pollen from these plants get into our bodies, we attack the allergen, triggering a release of histamines in the blood, which causes the runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing and other common allergy symptoms. If your allergies are extremely severe it is best to contact an allergist. An allergist can diagnose which substances you’re allergic to and how to best combat them.

For less severe seasonal allergies antihistamines, decongestants, and eye drops seem to lessen the severity of allergy symptoms. Antihistamines help to lessen and prevent the release of histamines in the blood that trigger allergies. Decongestants shrink blood vessels in the nasal passageway to help relieve congestion, and can be taken orally or through a nasal spray. Eye drops will soothe itchy, sore and watery eyes. Always read the warnings and side effects labels of whichever over the counter medication you choose, some antihistamines can cause drowsiness, so they may want to be reserved for night time use, or purchase the non-drowsy variety.

To keep pollen at bay in your home, keep the windows closed and make sure that air filters are clean as well. Frequently dusting and cleaning areas where pollen can collect in your home helps as well. Pollen is usually at its peak during the morning hours, if you are severely effected by allergies try to avoid going outdoors during that time frame. If your allergies worsen or don’t seem to be going away it is always best to call your doctor.