Spring took awhile to come to Hampton Roads this year, but spring allergy season has already kicked up – and will be hanging around through midsummer. Warming temperatures can mean suffering for those who struggle with seasonal allergies.
If you are having difficulty functioning due to itchy eyes or sinus headaches, you may want to consider employing some strategies to help you avoid and relieve your allergy symptoms. Below are three ways to overcome those springtime allergy blues!
- Limit Your Exposure to Allergens – It’s not practical to “avoid” all your allergy triggers, but you can limit your exposure to allergens with some lifestyle changes. For example, if you are sensitive to pollen stay inside from 5 am to 9 am, when pollen counts tend to be the heaviest. When you come inside, shower, wash your hair and change your clothes quickly to remove pollen that you have carried in. If your triggers are dust, animal dander or mold – try to keep your windows closed and your filters clean.
- Tackle Your Symptoms with Medication – Allergy pills and sprays can help you overcome those nagging allergy symptoms. Over-the-counter medications, like Benadryl, can help those with mild symptoms. Decongestants can also help relieve sinus congestion and pressure.
- Look into Immunotherapy – For those with serious allergies, immunotherapy can bring much-needed relief. Allergy shots work for 85-90% of patients who have a serious response to allergens. These shots decrease symptoms while preventing new allergies from forming. A new therapy – allergy drops – offers the same relief for children and adults through a drop delivered under the tongue.
Learn about the benefits of allergy shots vs. allergy drops.
Ultimately, there are a variety of effective treatment options available to allergy sufferers in Hampton Roads. Schedule an appointment with an allergy or sinus specialist today – you don’t have to suffer through spring.
If you’re interested in learning more about allergy and sinus treatment options please call our sinus specialists at (757) 889-5632.