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Tips for Staying Well Through Allergy Season

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With only a few days of nice weather behind us this spring, it’s already become apparent that allergies are hitting hard. The pollen counts are up, as are the plants that send it into the air. Additional allergens have been released into the breathing supply as well. For many, this has caused all types of reactions, even for those who might not generally suffer from allergies. This is due to the ongoing and increased levels that have been floating through the air. While small traces of pollen might not be enough to cause symptoms in everyone (especially those who don’t usually react), higher and regular amounts have proven to be too much for the average immune system to handle.

In contrast, this spring has seen zero or trace levels of weeds, grasses, and molds. Generally they will show higher percentages as warm weather continues and plants have had more time to grow. Mowing releases weeds and grasses into the air, while rains and humid days can also increase the presence of molds.

Allergy Symptoms Can Include

  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat or cough (from drainage)
  • Itchy skin
  • Headache
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy throat
  • Stomach ache
  • Wheezing or uncomfortable breathing

They can also affect each person differently. Those who are especially sensitive to pollen can become tired, irritable, or develop hives throughout their body. Of course, some of this mood change likely comes from feeling under the weather for days on end. While fatigue can be increased by the body fighting off flu-like symptoms. Combined, however, they can create uncomfortable days that continue as long as high pollen counts are in the air.

How to Get a Handle on Pollen Counts

One way to predict how severe your symptoms will be each day is to check local counts. Get online or subscribe to a service that emails out changes in pollen prediction each week. By knowing which days are set to host the highest numbers, you can plan accordingly. That might mean taking medicine, using a natural cure, or avoiding the outdoors altogether on days wit the highest counts.

Static measures, such as using an air purifier or sleeping with windows closed (yes, even on the nicest days) can also help improve symptoms over time. This also means changing filters regularly to ensure particles aren’t sneaking through. You should wash sheets with a laundry additive that helps remove triggers. Vacuum often, and be sure to trap dust whenever cleaning. After all, there could be all types of allergens hiding in those dirty corners.

By following these simple steps, you can help keep your home as allergy free as possible, without introducing irritants unknowingly.

Tips for Feeling Better

Because everyone will have different symptoms, it’s up to the individual to determine how to tackle each day. It might be with medicine. Maybe with herbal teas and a long (treadmill) walk. Or perhaps it’s with allergy shots or chiropractic adjustments. There are also treatments that work on a long-term basis, allowing users to gain daily relief with a single pill or natural alternative. These can be adjusted with the weather or daily allergen predictions, or kept on an even field. A tactic that allows you to stay prepared for the worst at all times.

Staying ahead of the allergy curve, however, can allow you to get the most out of your days. Rather than suffering through them. Find out what triggers are in your area, and the best way to treat them for your body type in order to achieve the best, most efficient form of allergy relief. 

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