Dealing With Those Springtime Allergies
If you have seasonal allergies, then chances are that springtime can be miserable for you. Many people suffer with these because they’re not sure how to treat them or what works best. However, you have many options, both prescription and non-prescription, and the key is to figure out what works best for you. This won’t necessarily be what works best for someone you know.
What are Allergies?
When outdoor organisms, from flowers to trees to molds and more, release their spores or pollen in order to reproduce, these can trigger allergies in some people. If you suffer from allergic reactions, your body is treating these spores or pollen as enemies that it needs to fight. It senses them, then releases chemicals, including histamines, into your body.
These can cause all sorts of symptoms, though most people report feeling like they have a bad cold. You may experience:
- Sinus pain or pressure
- Sore Throat
The more allergic you are, the worse your symptoms will be.
These allergies are most likely to happen in the spring because that’s when the plants release their spores and pollen. When the temperature is just right, they receive chemical signals and do this automatically. Your body senses the invaders and tries to take them on.
How to Treat Allergies
There are many medications available to treat allergic symptoms. While you can’t stop the reaction entirely, you can feel better until that season is over.
- For very severe allergies, the best option may be to stay inside as much as possible and treat your comfort systems to ensure they aren’t letting allergens in.
- Medications with diphenhydramine can treat acute allergy symptoms. If your symptoms appear suddenly and with moderate severity, these medications can help reduce them fast. Be aware that these medications can also make you sleepy, so take care when driving or performing tasks that require concentration and focus.
- Other antihistamines. There are many antihistamines available over the counter. These include medications like Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec, and more. You can try one or more of these until you find out what works best for you. Other medications in this class can be obtained with a prescription from your doctor.
- Nasal sprays. If your allergies continue to be severe, try a nasal spray. Some, like Flonase, are available over the counter. Others will require a prescription. These can cause discomfort in some patients, especially if you don’t like inhaling anything through your nose. Use your spray for 1-2 weeks before deciding whether or not it is right for you.
- Allergy shots and more. Talk to your doctor about other possible treatments for your allergies, especially if they are inhibiting your normal, daily activities. Your doctor will help you choose the one that is right for you.
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