Survive Seasonal Allergies

Spring into action and get allergy relief

Spring has sprung, and you have to be proactive in order to keep your seasonal allergy symptoms to a minimum. Depending on where you live, you may already be seeing flowers on trees. That means that pollen counts are up. You need to take proactive measures to deal with pollen, especially if you have moderate to severe seasonal allergies.

With allergies, once your symptoms have actually started, you will spend the rest of the allergy season just catching up. The best thing you can do if you really want to control your allergies is anticipate allergy season, and take action before you show symptoms. For many allergy sufferers, that will mean a visit to the allergist before the snow melts, to get the right treatment started long before the first spring flower is in bloom.

This is particularly important if you want to do any kind of immunotherapy, more commonly called "allergy shots." *Allergy shots[/allergy-news/shot-in-the-arm.aspx]help to reduce allergy symptoms by injecting the allergen into the body. As your body builds up a tolerance to the allergen, the symptoms may be reduced. For protection this allergy season, start these shots at least six to eight weeks in advance. You can also start antihistamines before you are going to be exposed to allergens, and that doesn't just mean every morning - it also means starting them before the season hits, so that your system has antihistamine in it before you encounter that first pollen molecule.

If you are dealing with seasonal allergies, you need to think about avoiding pollen the best that you can for allergy relief, while also avoiding any other allergens. Often, spending more time indoors with the windows closed and air conditioning on can be an effective strategy for those with pollen allergies. However, you have to be aware of any indoor allergens, such as dust mites or pet dander. You also have to keep in mind that the problem with pollen can be brought indoors, if you hang your clothes outdoors to dry. If you have pollen allergies, drying your clothes indoors is a must.

April 29, 2007


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