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Effective Ways To Minimize Spring Allergies

by Stephen Silva

Spring allergies are particularly cruel. After surviving all the cold and unpleasant months, you should be able to go outside and enjoy the beauty of nature without sneezing and sniffling. Allergies can make you miserable, but you can take steps to minimize your suffering.

Outdoor Exposure

Pollen from grass and trees are often the cause of many of your allergy problems. These pollen particles are so small and light that they can travel long distances during a windy day. Your best bet on gusty days is to avoid going outside as much as possible, especially between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm . Even with medication, you need to limit your exposure to allergens. You can take other helpful steps to keep the pollen outside as well. For instance, do not dry your clothes outside during pollen season. You will simply end up wearing your allergy triggers. Experts also recommend that you leave your shoes outside and wipe off your pets before you let them back in.

Indoor Prevention

Even if you are energy conscious, you need to use the air conditioner, whether it's particularly warm out or not. Doing so can save you from a lot of misery. Also, block any openings in your home from the outside. You should also take steps to make your bedroom a refuge from irritants. Keep it super clean and use an air purifier. That way you can have a good night's sleep, which will help you function better and fight off the ill effects of allergy season.

Symptom Relief 

You can seek help from your physician or urgent care clinic for severe allergy symptoms. In some cases, a prescription medication is certainly the best answer. In many other instances, you can get relief from over-the-counter medication. If you want to seek more natural relief, you also have some choices. For instance, a saline rinse, often delivered by using a neti pot, can rinse allergens out of your sinuses. There are generally no bad side effects to this method, and many people enthusiastically endorse it. Some recent studies also show that taking probiotics actually helps your immune system fight off allergies.

Springtime for allergy sufferers can be difficult, but you can make the season bearable by embracing a variety of prevention methods. Reduce your outdoor exposure, batten down your home's hatches, and seek symptom relief. Take heart! Soon the hot summer sun should help reduce your allergy problems.

Contact a group like Premier Urgent Care Centers of California, Inc. for more help.