Spring is definitely a beautiful time in eastern North Carolina. The warm sunshine and colorful landscape entice everyone to come out of hibernation, trees are in bloom and the new growth of once dormant plants is abundant. All of this signifies one thing: allergy season has arrived. So, how do we survive this sneezy, itchy and watery season and still enjoy the splendor of what spring has to offer?
Mowing the grass is one of the worst things a person with seasonal allergies can do, but the fact of the matter is that someone’s got to do it. If that someone is you, you’ll want to be prepared. The turning of the blades not only stirs up settled pollen, but it also kicks up particles of grass which can also aggravate allergies. It’s a good idea to wear a protective mask to filter the air you are breathing in and minimize the effects of the allergens you are potentially inhaling. These masks are bought at your local home improvement store or use a handkerchief to tie over your nose and mouth while mowing. Anything is better than nothing at all.
Allergens find ways into your house through open doors or windows and are then recirculated through your HVAC system. Because of this, it’s important to use quality air filters and change them regularly.
How to decide which air filter is best.
While we all like to avoid unnecessary medications, anti-allergy medications are a must through the season in many cases. Buying over-the-counter remedies, like Claritin, Zyrtec and Allegra, can help keep your allergy symptoms at bay. For some, this is all that is necessary, but others may need something a little stronger and need prescription-strength medication. Keep in mind, every allergy season comes to an end so you only need them for a short amount of time.
Irrigating your nasal passages provides much-needed relief for your allergy symptoms. Basically, the allergens get trapped on the hair follicles inside of your nose which causes inflammation of not only your nasal passageways but also your sinus cavities. This causes sinus pressure build up, runny nose, congestion and headaches. You can wash away these allergens quickly and easily with a saline flush to help combat those stubborn allergies. Using a saline solution (see below) you will want to lean over a sink or tub and turn your head to one side. Using a squirt bottle, spray the solution into the top nostril and let it drain out of your other nostril below. You will need to flush both sides so turn your head and repeat on each side for the maximum benefit.
Nasal Saline Mixture – mix all ingredients and pour into a squirt bottle
Be aware of where you have been and what you are bringing in when you come inside. This goes for household pets as well. • If you’ve been enjoying the sunshine on your porch after dinner with your four-legged friend, be sure to use a towel to remove any pollen or allergen that has been trapped in their fur.
So just because you suffer from allergies doesn’t mean you can’t be out and enjoying the beauty of everything spring has to offer. Being outdoors is good for your physical and your mental health so it’s important to give yourself a nice breath of fresh air on a regular basis. Just keep these tips in mind before heading out and remember to give us a call should you need a little extra help from your physician during allergy season.