Allergies can be the worst. They can be a debilitating and embarrassing condition that can keep you from enjoying life to the fullest. If you sneeze, cough, have watery, itchy eyes, and a runny or stuffed-up nose during certain times of the year, you may be living with seasonal allergies. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with and even prevent your allergy symptoms this year with treatments at the Skin & Allergy Center.
Know What Triggers Your Allergies
The best way to cope with seasonal allergies is to be aware of what causes them. Identifying and avoiding allergy triggers can go a long way in preventing you from suffering. Grass, pollen, and mold are the most common triggers of seasonal allergies, but other offenders like wind, rain, and smoke can contribute to or worsen symptoms. Discussing your concerns with an experienced allergist can help you find the source and put a stop to your allergies all together.
Devise a Strategy to Avoid Your Triggers
Working with your allergist to understand your triggers and then figuring out how to bypass them can alleviate annoying allergies. It’s important to monitor pollen and mold counts and pay attention to weather reports, as they often include this info during allergy seasons. At peak times, you may want to keep windows and doors in your house and car closed tight. Your allergist may suggest that you shower often and change your clothes after you’ve been working or playing outdoors. It may also be wise to wear a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-rated mask to filter out any airborne allergens when outdoors.
Relieving Your Seasonal Allergies
In addition to sidestepping seasonal triggers, your allergist may advise that you start with one of the following medical therapies in order to best manage your allergies:
The most popular way that Americans ease their seasonal allergies is by taking an antihistamine. Over-the-counter offerings like Claritin® or Zyrtec® can provide affordable relief without the need for a prescription. However, if those don’t quite do the trick, an allergist-prescribed antihistamine may be your best bet to controlling your allergy symptoms.
Also known as allergy shots, immunotherapy is basically a vaccine against allergies. With this treatment you’ll receive a series of injections administered over time that will gradually expose you to incremental amounts of the particular allergen that affects you. This teaches your body to tolerate the intruder instead of responding to it with sneezing, a stuffy or runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes.
Another alternative to alleviating allergies is allergy drops, or sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT). Allergy drops work in much the same way that allergy shots do—they subject you to increasing levels of the perpetrator responsible for your symptoms. What’s so great about allergy drops is that they are taken orally in the comfort of your own home. That means fewer office visits and more time to do the things you love. Allergy drops are also perfect for those individuals who don’t like needles or just haven’t had much success with immunotherapy or other treatments.
Say See-ya to Seasonal Allergies at the Skin & Allergy Center in Tennessee
Don’t let seasonal allergies put you out of action this year. With safe and effective treatments at the Skin & Allergy Center, you can knock out seasonal allergies and get back to doing everything you love—indoors or out. If you’d like to learn more about any of the allergy-relief therapies offered in our Columbia, Murfreesboro, and Spring Hill locations, please contact us today.